The Housing Authority and community housing organisation, Stellar Living have come together to provide much needed affordable housing for low-income singles, families and aged pensioners in Thornlie.
The new 20-apartment complex with two commercial units located on Hadlow Place was officially opened by Housing A/CEO Paul Whyte recently.
Housing Programs' Manager Partnering and Contract Development, Ivor Byrde worked closely with Stellar Living to provide guidance and management throughout the project and assisted with the acquisition of Hadlow Place.
Simon Bell, Director Housing Programs, who also attended the opening said that the development is another great example of government working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector to deliver affordable housing in key locations.
“This excellent development demonstrates the positive effects of our partnerships with the not-for-profit sector,” Mr Bell said.
“It also is a great reminder that the effort and dedication of Housing staff really makes a difference to people’s lives.”
Stellar Living carefully considered the purchase of the Complex over a number of other opportunities.
“The Complex was chosen due to its uniqueness as it had three self-contained lobbies, undercover secure parking, storerooms, proximity to transport, schools, medical services, facilities and other amenities,” Mr Byrde said.
“These 20 units will help reduce the number of singles, family and seniors on the joint waitlist and provide vital housing for those on low-incomes.”
As a registered Community Housing Growth Provider, Stellar Living manages 287 dwellings in the Perth metropolitan and South West regional areas.
To date, the Authority has transferred 160 properties to Stellar Living which has helped them to leveraged 25 growth properties.
Transfers like these enable community housing organisations to grow their businesses and leverage assets to increase the supply of social and affordable housing stock.