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New homes in Mount Barker and Goolwa to address homelessness

2014-09-16

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

New homes in Mount Barker and Goolwa to address homelessness

A total of 15 new homes in the Mount Barker and Goolwa regions will be completed by November to accommodate people with disability and people at risk of homelessness.

Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison said the State Government continues to provide affordable homes for some of South Australia's most vulnerable people as part of the Affordable Housing Stimulus Program (AHSP) announced last year.

"We are committed to stimulating the housing and construction industry by delivering 936 properties through the AHSP", Ms Bettison said.

"This will inject $220 million to the residential construction industry over the course of the program.

"The Mount Barker and Goolwa regions will benefit enormously from increased supply of affordable rental properties for low income households.

"Of the 15 new homes, 11 will be built in Mount Barker while the remaining four will be built in Goolwa.

"Two homes will be allocated to people with disability and managed through Access 2 Place.

"The homes replace small clusters of ageing Housing SA properties in areas of highest demand, which are close to transport and other services.

"These homes will be targeted to people most in need, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have difficulty accessing private rental.

"All South Australians deserve an affordable place to live and these new homes will provide this for the most vulnerable and at risk in the community.

"South Australia continues to lead the country in reducing long-term and recurring homelessness and this stimulus package will ensure this important work continues."

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