Hon John Carey BA MLA

Hon John Carey BA MLA

Minister for Housing; Local Government

    Regional communities to benefit from WA’s largest ever social housing maintenance program

    25/06/2021 6:00 AM
     
    • 44 grants totalling $771,000 awarded to regional community housing providers
    • Maintenance will improve the liveability and longevity of around 140 homes

    The State Government has announced the successful applicants for community housing regional maintenance grants to improve housing for some of Western Australia's most vulnerable people.

     

    The Department of Communities received 51 applications, of which 44 applications with a total value of $771,000 met the criteria for funding. The funding will see much-needed maintenance performed on approximately 140 regional homes.

     

    The Community Housing Organisation Maintenance Grants Program 2021 provides individual grants of up to $20,000 to support community housing organisations and local government authorities. The money will be spent on the maintenance of regional community housing assets and the successful applicants will have until December 31, 2021 to complete the work.

     

    Funded through the $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP), the grants program covers a wide range of potential works such as replacing gutters, servicing ovens and hot water systems, fixing fences, replacing damaged kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and replacing damaged flooring.

     

    Announced in June 2020, SHERP is the largest housing maintenance and refurbishment program in Western Australia's history.

     

    Under the SHERP program, the McGowan Government will deliver maintenance and refurbishment to thousands of social housing properties. It will also see the delivery of hundreds of new social homes across metropolitan and regional areas to help the most vulnerable people in our community.


    Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey:

     

    "One of the critical elements being addressed by the McGowan Government is maintaining our existing stock of social housing properties, which is why we made this record investment towards housing maintenance.

     

    "It's fantastic to see a large number of community housing organisations have been successful in securing these grants, and will be a part of this important work.

     

    "We anticipate around 140 vulnerable families and individuals will benefit from these grants, and see significant improvements to the quality of their homes.

     

    "The works will include things such as gutter replacements, servicing of hot water systems and ovens, and replacing damaged kitchen and bathroom cabinets and floors.

     

    "The work being generated through the SHERP program is also providing employment opportunities in regional towns, where the money will support local maintenance businesses and the broader economy.

     

    "The McGowan Government has committed almost $1 billion towards modernising and future-proofing the State's social housing infrastructure, and we recognise the importance and significant contribution the community housing sector plays in providing stable, affordable housing."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5300

     

    Successful applicantRegion
    Advance HousingGreat Southern
    Bunbury Housing Association IncSouth-West
    Housing Choices Western Australia LimitedSouth-West
    Anglicare WAGreat Southern
    The Broome Community Housing Group Inc.West Kimberley
    Brunswick River Cottages (Inc.)South-West
    Community Housing LimitedEast Kimberley
    Alternative Resource Community Housing IncorporatedSouth-West
    Shire of RavensthorpeGoldfields
    Avon Youth Community and Family ServicesWheatbelt
    Community Housing LimitedGoldfields
    Community Housing LimitedWest Kimberley
    Foundation Housing LtdWest Kimberley
    Grand Lodge of Western Australian Freemasons Homes for the Aged IncSouth-West
    Shire of CarnamahMid-West
    West Arthur Cottage Homes IncWheatbelt
    Goldfields Womens Refuge AssociationGoldfields
    Kondinin Progress Association IncorporatedWheatbelt
    Mia Mia Housing Collective IncGreat Southern
    Shire of IrwinMid-West
    Shire of Shark BayMid-West
    Shire of West ArthurWheatbelt
    Stellar Living LtdGoldfields
    Youth Involvement Council IncPilbara
    Rise Network IncWheatbelt
    Activ Foundation IncorporatedSouth-West
    Ashburton Aboriginal CorporationPilbara
    CFSS WA LtdGascoyne
    Community Housing LimitedMid-West
    Foundation Housing LtdWheatbelt
    Murchison Region Aboriginal CorporationMid-West
    Newman Womens ShelterPilbara
    Share & Care Community Services Group IncorporatedWheatbelt
    Shire of DalwallinuWheatbelt
    Shire of DowerinWheatbelt
    Shire of GoomallingWheatbelt
    Shire of NungarinWheatbelt
    Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre (Aboriginal Corporation)West Kimberley
    Plantagenet Village Homes IncGreat Southern
    Shire of Boyup BrookSouth-West
    Southern Aboriginal CorpGreat Southern
    Southern Aboriginal CorpWheatbelt
    Pathways Southwest IncSouth-West
    Southern Aboriginal CorpSouth-West