Northern Rivers housing goes live

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Northern Rivers housing goes live

Lismore locals struggling in the private housing market benefited from the completion of our 35 new social and affordable homes in March 2019.

Developed and operated by BaptistCare for the NSW Government’s $1bn Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), the units provide accommodation for people over fifty-five and single-parent families who are currently on the social housing waiting list or in need of affordable housing.

Through the SAHF, tenants receive access to affordable accommodation with links to tailored support, to help households gain independence.
Former Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward, visited the Lismore location and was on site to cut the ribbon, open the site and welcome in a new era of housing for the area.

“These homes are ecofriendly, modern and well designed, close to shops, the hospital and other vital services so people are part of genuine communities,” said Ms Goward.

“Our commitment to deliver more housing means that people in Lismore who are currently struggling to find a stable, affordable place to live will soon have a home of their own.”


New community housing commissioned

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New community housing commissioned

This year has seen the successful commissioning and tenanting of 82 new Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) dwellings at Goulburn, Newcastle, Springwood and Lismore, with housing accommodating seniors and single parent families from disadvantaged backgrounds and who at risk of homelessness.

Launched in 2017, the SAHF is a key initiative of Future Directions for Social and Affordable Housing in NSW, the State Government’s ten-year plan for social housing which is expected to deliver 23,000 social housing and 500 affordable housing dwellings over ten years.

“Our strategy is to provide housing and support services that extend beyond the boundaries of just accommodation,” said Mike Furner, BaptistCare General Manager Housing and Retirement Living.

“We’ve also used local contractors and local workers in the development and construction of the homes, which is important as it supports the local community. So far we’ve been very pleased with the quality and the way the projects have been managed,” he said.

BaptistCare will construct and operate 500 new dwellings by 2021, spread across eight locations in New South Wales, including metropolitan Sydney, as well as regional and rural areas.


Clinton Place expands with new housing

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Clinton Place expands with new housing

Twenty brand new units were added to our Clinton Place community housing location in Goulburn as part of the NSW Government’s decision to boost social and affordable housing.

Newly-elected Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and outgoing Member Pru Goward met with local residents and BaptistCare staff to officially open the additional units in February 2019.

A resident of BaptistCare Clinton Place for three years, Anna Gould, was thrilled to know her local community would be a new home for further seniors very soon.

“We’re blessed to have a place like this to live in. It really is a lovely and supportive community,” Ms Gould said.

Tenants began arriving at Clinton Places new housing units in March 2019.


Security and warmth for Joelle

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Security and warmth for Joelle

Moving into her new community housing at BaptistCare Wingara Hamlet in the Blue Mountains changed everything for Joelle.

Joelle’s new home was one of 15 units released by BaptistCare in partnership with the NSW Government, under the $1bn Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), during May 2019.

These units join 39 existing units onsite, and are specifically designed for people over fifty-five and in need of affordable housing.

“As part of a greater community, I feel very secure. I know that I have the added support from BaptistCare, if needed, as I get older and that makes a big difference, it brings much peace to me,” says Joelle.

“This new unit in Springwood is completely functional in the way of the size of the room and grounds. It’s nice. It’s extremely clean, and very well designed. I’ve settled in and I am very comfortable.”

Belinda Daly, Manager at BaptistCare Wingara Hamlet, said the units had filled quickly, indicating the high level of demand in the Mountains.

“The units are designed for ageing in place, and attached to an existing village, with a community centre and all the extra services on hand. Each unit is gorgeous; brand new and spacious, with an open-plan kitchen and dining area. Our residents have a comfortable bedroom, reverse cycle air-conditioning and heating and beautiful accessible bathrooms,” said Belinda.