The management of around 14,000 social housing properties in NSW will be transferred from the NSW Government to nine community housing providers (CHPs) unlocking up to $1 billion in Commonwealth Rent Assistance over 20 years.
Under the Social Housing Management Transfers program, the NSW Government will transfer the management of 1,324 properties in the Port Macquarie electorate to Community Housing Limited. Local government areas which will transfer include the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the move will mean better outcomes for people living in social housing.
"Community housing tenants are eligible to receive Commonwealth Rental Assistance, so by transferring management to CHPs, we can vastly improve the experience of people living in social housing,” Ms Goward said.
“This additional assistance will contribute to the maintenance, upkeep and provision of services to tenants.”
“I want to congratulate Community Housing Limited and I am looking forward to seeing them make the social housing system more sustainable, diverse and dynamic,” Mrs Williams said.
“Residents who live in social housing properties already managed by CHPs report very high levels of satisfaction with the services they receive.
“Tenants impacted by these changes will be fully informed as the management of their tenancy transitions to Community Housing Limited, day to day tenants shouldn’t notice a difference,” Mrs Williams said.
The NSW Government will maintain ownership of all of the properties subject to management transfers and will lease them to the successful CHPs to provide social housing.
Tenants will remain in their homes and retain all of their tenancy rights. Information sessions will also held to give tenants with an opportunity to meet staff from the CHP and FACS and ask any questions they may have about the transfer.
Posted on 17 Tue, October, 2017
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