National community housing provider Community Housing Limited (CHL) has successfully completed its first 50 homes in Adelaide, including 25 at Blakes Crossing. The Honourable Ian Hunter, Minister for Social Housing, South Australia will open the $5.2 million Blakes Crossing development which was made possible through the assistance a $2.4 million State Government grant from the Affordable Housing Innovations Fund and a Commonwealth Government grant of $1.6m under the National Partnerships Agreement on Social Housing.
CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington says the development of these homes in Blakes Crossing has been important for CHL to establish its footprint in South Australia.
“The Blakes Crossing properties have been delivered on-budget and have established clearly that CHL is an organisation the State Government and the community can rely on for the delivery of quality-built affordable housing that provides comfortable and affordable living for South Australians on low incomes while creating local employment in the process,” says Mr Bevington.
This long term community resource for local families and individuals on moderate to low incomes allows tenants to live in a quality-built home for 60-75% of the market rent. The homes are currently leased out on a yearly lease however the tenants have the option to renew it. The properties, designed by C4a Architects, allow maximum light, winter sun, and natural ventilation to minimize heating and cooling costs for those living in them.
One of CHL’s first tenants to take up residence at Blakes Crossing is 58 year old Maurice Tape. Maurice lives on disability pension and in his previous housing arrangement, was living in a shared property and paying one third of his income in rent. In his new Blakeview home, he has his own unit and is paying only a quarter of his pension towards rent, leaving him with enough money to enjoy other activities in life.
“My new home is in an excellent location because it’s only a short walk to local shops, public transport and so on,” says Maurice. “There’s a real community feel to the place with a playground for kids and a mix of people around. The best part is the long term security of knowing that this is my place for as long as I want to live here – when you’re in private rental and sharing a home with others, there’s little certainty and no sense of permanence.”
CHL’s ability to deliver the properties has led to the organisation being successful in securing approval for an additional 710 homes across four states including 180 homes in South Australia as part of the fourth round of NRAS funding. The NRAS-4 incentives have strengthened CHL’s position in South Australia providing funding of around $29 million across a 10 year period.
Mr Bevington says the demand for public rental dwellings is projected to increase by 24% over the next twelve years in Adelaide and by 29% in the rest of the state.* “CHL will be looking at building houses in areas that have high demand such as Salisbury, Victor Harbour, Paralowie, Seaford to name a few. Besides the growth of affordable housing properties, the new developments will provide a boost to the South Australian construction sector to the tune of more than $50 million ensuring employment generation in the industry,” he says.
*The statistics are taken from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) website.
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘a world without housing poverty’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India.
CHL provides an end-to-end integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term that includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.
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