$771,000 in grants awarded to community housing providers in regional WA

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Maintenance grants totalling more than $771,000 have been awarded to community housing providers operating in regional Western Australia to improve housing for some of WA’s most vulnerable people.
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The grants, which were funded through the Department of Communities’ $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP), will help to improve the liveability and longevity of around 140 homes across the state’s nine regions.

The grants program covers a range of non-urgent maintenance including gutter replacement, oven and hot water servicing, and fencing, flooring and cabinetry repairs, with works to be completed by December 31, 2021.

Announced by the State Government in June 2020, the $319 million SHERP will see the delivery of maintenance works to up to 3800 regional social (community and public) housing properties and subsidised housing for regional government workers.

Additionally, up to 1500 public, supported residential and community housing properties will be refurbished through the SHERP, and up to 250 new social housing properties will be constructed across WA.

Community housing providers will also be able to apply for a share in over $70 million of funding for the construction and refurbishment of community housing properties as part of the SHERP.

The Department of Communities expects to advertise a funding process for these works in September/October 2021.

Page reviewed 28 June 2021