25 September 2023

Grants to bring home affordable housing

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The Minister for Housing has announced that the second round of grants for innovative affordable housing in the ACT has been launched.

The Minister, Yvette Berry says the grants aimed to encourage and promote a housing market that met the diverse and changing needs of the Canberra community.

“This second round is calling for a home sharing scheme; a specialist disability accommodation project; supported housing projects on under-utilised community facility land, and dedicated accommodation for low income families escaping domestic violence,” Ms Berry said.

“We are also looking at other innovative approaches to boosting the affordable housing supply.”

She said the grants would support pilot projects and provide funding to aid in the initial stages of new programs until they became self-sustaining.

“The ACT is the fastest growing jurisdiction in the country and we need a sustainable supply of housing for individuals and families at all income levels and, in turn, provide land and housing development opportunities to meet demand,” Ms Berry said.

“The approach to affordable housing has gained much interest across the ACT and the Government is delivering on its commitment to establish the program.”

She noted the first round had funded Community Housing Canberra to establish a new affordable rental real estate management model, and the Environmental Collective Housing Organisation and Smart Urban Villages to test innovative, sustainable design with shared use of common spaces or with collective ownership models.

Applications are open until 27 May and more information can be accessed at this PS News link.

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