5 August 2022

More than 50 new affordable housing units for the Illawarra are a big step closer to being constructed with the concrete pour taking place in Dapto this week.

Dapto’s housing project is funded through the NSW Government’s $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).

In a partnership with Anglicare, the new development provides both affordable housing and wraparound supports for residents.

Minister for Families and Communities and Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said integrating new affordable housing with services ensures residents will be supported both financially and sustainably.

“Not only is the Illawarra getting a needed injection of affordable housing, we are focused on ensuring that the services are there at the same time. That means tenancies are more sustainable and people are receiving support where and when they need it,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

Minister for Finance and Employee Relations Damien Tudehope said delivering affordable housing is central to the NSW Government’s commitment to securing a brighter future for the people of NSW.

“We will continue to prioritise investment in the delivery of safe and affordable housing for people across the state,” Mr Tudehope said.

51 of the 60 single-bed units under construction will be specifically set aside for social and affordable housing.

“This new development in Dapto will ensure those who need it most will have a safe and stable place to call home,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“This project is the perfect example of the NSW Government working hand-in-hand with a non-government organisation to deliver real outcomes for the people of our state.”

Anglicare CEO Simon Miller said the project would be integrated into an existing retirement village and support people aged over 55, and 45 for Aboriginal people.

“We all know there is a housing crisis and projects like this will help us solve it,” Mr Miller said.

“This is exactly what communities like Dapto need and we are grateful to the Government for helping us to deliver it.”

The development, due for completion in June 2023, will comprise two residential buildings along with a community building that includes a café and hairdresser.

The SAHF is a key initiative of Future Directions of Social Housing in NSW and is on track to deliver 3,486 homes across NSW.