26 September 2023

Department reaches social homes target

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The Department of Housing says more than 1,300 social homes have been added to the State’s public housing stock, reaching its initial target set two years ago.

It follows a number of alternative and flexible housing reform programs aimed at bolstering the supply of social housing across the State.

These include a Small and Medium Builders Panel involving 85 builders that are pre-approved for Government work, and the utilisation of alternative construction methods- including timber frame and modular builds.

The State’s highly successful spot purchasing program was boosted, while surplus Government Regional Officer Housing stock was converted.

Minister for Housing, John Carey said the Government had made a clear commitment that in two years it would deliver 1,300 social homes.

“We have met this target and remain on track, in the face of a heated construction market,” Mr Carey said.

“As the Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Lands, my message is clear, we’re using every lever we can to bolster the supply of social housing across Western Australia.”

He said since being elected, the Government had allocated a record $2.6 billion to housing and homelessness services in WA, including the delivery of around 4,000 social homes.

“We’re also working to retain ageing social housing properties and investing in alternative construction methods including modular and timber frame to increase social housing across the State,” the Minister said.

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