Kim Hames

Kim Hames

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    Opening of the Millennium National Community Housing Conference

    28/11/2000 10:14 AM
     
    28/11/00

    The State Government is committed to the long-term expansion of community housing in Western Australia, Housing Minister Kim Hames said today.

    Dr Hames was speaking at the opening of the Millennium National Housing Conference at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.

    “This Government, through the Ministry of Housing, has funded two additional community housing programs - one for joint ventures and the other for disability housing,” Dr Hames said.

    “These programs provide more than 2,000 units or two-thirds of the total community housing.

    “Community housing in WA provides specialised housing to assist people with a variety of needs, many of them in crisis.

    “These vary from families needing shelter from domestic violence, those needing help to get back into the mainstream after substance abuse, seniors, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people or ethnic groups with cultural requirements and those who want an alternative to mainstream public housing.

    “Community housing encourages tenants to be involved in the management of their housing.

    “Together local governments and 250 community housing organisations manage more than 3,000 properties worth more than $200 million in WA.”

    Dr Hames forecast that the demand for community housing would continue to increase.

    He said the demand for community housing could only be met through strong partnerships forged between the Government and non-government sector.

    Media contacts:

    Sandy Gater (Minister’s office) 9424 7450
    Donna Cole (Ministry of Housing) 9222 4500