And the SAHF2 winners are …

SAHF2Once again, faith-based CHPs are at the forefront of creating more community and affordable housing. In the latest Social and Affordable Housing Fund round (SAHF2), two of our members accounted for 850 of the 1330 housing units to be built.

Our congratulations to Anglicare Sydney and Uniting. This follows on from the success of BaptistCare, St Vincent de Paul and Uniting in SAHF1. Faith-based CHPs now account for 60% of SAHF housing.

Here is what Anglicare’s Ryan Miller announced recently. ‘Excited to finally be able to announce that Anglicare Sydneyhas been successful in Phase 2 of the $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) and will partner with the NSW government to build 550 affordable dwellings over the next 3 years.

‘These new dwellings, particularly designed to meet the accessibility needs of older people, will be constructed in locations across Sydney, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Tenants will also receive a high level of tailored support to foster community connection and improve personal wellbeing. Glad that all the hard work and late nights have had such a positive outcome, and that we can continue to make a meaningful, tangible difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our first SAHF dwellings should be completed and tenanted by mid-2019.’

Similarly, Uniting is proud of its record and achievement.

‘Inflated house prices and a severe shortage of affordable rental properties are pushing more people into housing stress. For those who are older and on low to moderate incomes, finding a secure, affordable home in a welcoming community can be beyond their reach.

‘Uniting welcomes the opportunity to continue our work with the NSW Government on the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), with the second phase of this important initiative enabling Uniting to add another 300 affordable homes to the program.

‘We are already seeing the powerful potential for this initiative to transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community, with Uniting having already provided approximately 130 residents with a secure and affordable place to live under the SAHF program since 2017.’

‘Uniting has a proven track record of providing safe and affordable housing to older Australians, with over 10,000 people in NSW and the ACT calling a Uniting retirement or independent living village, or aged care service, their home.

‘We take pride in providing vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities, and we look forward to welcoming more residents to a Uniting home under SAHF2.’