Shelter WA congratulates Premier Mark McGowan MLA and welcomes the record investment of $875 million new funding for social housing, bringing total investment into social housing to $2.1 billion for upto 3,300 homes over the next four years.
It is a much-needed boost that will transform lives.
“Housing is one of the most basic human needs and this Budget makes sure that more Western Australians have a roof over their heads.”
WA Treasurer’s budget speech, 9 September 2021
We acknowledge and congratulate our sector and members, whose strong advocacy and hard work in an incredibly challenging year has helped to secure this result.
We are delighted by the adoption of new short and longer-term initiatives in this budget, including 150 modular homes for the regions, funding to fast-track social housing on government owned land, an expansion of Common Ground facilities, funding to prevent homelessness through domestic and family violence, and the headline $750 million social housing investment fund.
We also thank the government for acknowledging the important role that the community housing sector can play in leveraging and maximising this investment, not only to deliver great housing outcomes, but to deliver innovative partnerships and new funding opportunities.
We congratulate the Minister for Housing on this budget and delivering on his strong commitment to social housing. We look forward to working with the Minister to deliver this package in partnership with government, industry and the community housing sector.
We also congratulate the Minister for Community Services for her ongoing commitment to ending homelessness, as seen in new investment and programs in the state budget. On a per capita basis, this social housing package delivers an almost equivalent amount to the Victorian government’s record commitment of $5.3 billion into social and affordable housing in 2020.
This briefing paper provides an overview on how this budget has delivered for social and affordable housing and homelessness initiatives.
Whilst there is still more to be done, this is a significant step forward, and an important investment for the economic and social development of Western Australia.