- New Affordable Housing Action Plan to deliver an additional 7,700 homes, almost 6,000 jobs and $2.3 billion in economic activity
- $18 million for 40 homes has been allocated under the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund
The McGowan Government has announced the expansion of transitional housing into the Pilbara as a key regional priority of the newly launched Affordable Housing Action Plan.
The Hedland transitional housing project, funded through the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund, will see 40 government-owned homes repurposed as transitional housing.
Transitional housing supports Aboriginal families to achieve economic independence by providing different housing options, tailoring wraparound human services and boosting participation in education and employment.
Transitional housing has helped dozens of Aboriginal families in towns across the Kimberley and is now available to support Aboriginal families in Port Hedland.
The Affordable Housing Action Plan is underpinned by the principles of People, Place and Home, and reflects the contribution of affordable housing to health, educational, social and economic outcomes.
The plan will increase the previous government's 2010-2020 target of 30,000 housing opportunities for people on low-moderate incomes to more than 35,000 by 2020.
This will include the delivery of a further 7,700 affordable homes between 2017-18 to 2019-20 and investment in construction that will support $2.3 billion in economic activity and almost 6,000 jobs.
To view the new Affordable Housing Action Plan, visit http://www.housing.wa.gov.au/ahap
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"Housing is much more than just a roof over our heads. It provides a foundation for individual, family and community wellbeing.
"Secure, affordable housing contributes to social and economic outcomes, and is central to a fair and prosperous Western Australia.
"Transitional housing is a great example of what the plan is all about. These homes will support the broader aspirations of Aboriginal people and provide pathways beyond social housing.
"We are working in partnership with local Aboriginal organisations and representative corporate bodies to deliver a tailored transitional housing program that meets the needs of local Aboriginal families."
Minister's office - 6552 5300