Shelter WA, the peak body for social and affordable housing in Western Australia, has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s commitment to halve the number of seniors and families with children on the priority waitlist for social housing and to invest in housing to support the most vulnerable in our community.
Chantal Roberts, Executive Officer of Shelter WA confirmed the announcement “is a great step forward for the Western Australian Government in acknowledging the current challenges faced by many in our community, and in particular, for seniors and families with children who are on the priority waitlist for social housing”. “Investment in the re-development of public housing properties and construction of new dwellings was one of the main recommendations in Shelter WA’s Pre-Budget Submission. It is pleasing to see this has been taken up by Government, with significant funding attached”. The announcement by the Minister for Housing to invest $560 million and deliver 1,000 much-needed social housing homes by 30 June 2017, will halve the number of seniors and families with children on the priority waitlist. It will also build the supply of affordable housing in our community, in accordance with the Western Australian Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy. Shelter WA also welcomes the Government’s support for public and community housing, by promoting efforts to address the social housing waitlist. Ongoing support for both the community housing sector and public housing is crucial in providing a social housing system that can deliver housing assistance to people with limited options.