- 9 will be acquired by Women's Property Initiative, 15 by Housing Choices Australia
- Vic Gov says energy efficient measures will assist tenants by having lower energy bills
- Acquisition is on top of the Victorian Government's Big Housing Build
The Victorian Government has announced 25 new social housing apartments will be acquired in the Nightingale Village housing development in Brunswick.
Notably, Nightingale will be the first carbon-neutral residential precinct in Australia.
All future tenants will be on the priority access list of the Victorian Housing Register. The Women’s Property Initiative, which provides long-term accommodation to women and children in need, will acquire nine homes.
Housing Choices Australia provide affordable housing for those unable to secure private rental home such as those with low incomes and with a disability. They will deliver the other 16.
A notable feature of the new development is its energy-efficient features, which includes a rooftop solar system and highly efficient appliances – such as air conditioning heat pumps and hot water heating.
The Victorian Government says this will assist lower-income earners to save money on energy bills.
Richard Wynne, the Minister for Housing, says the project is an example of what can be achieved when developers, community housing agencies and governments work together.
“This is a perfect example of community housing agencies, industry and governments at local and state level working together to provide safe, modern and affordable housing for those who need it most.”
“These high-quality, energy efficient apartments will make a huge difference for some of the most disadvantaged in our community – giving them the security of a home and slashing their energy bills.”
Richard Wynne, Minister for Housing
Social connectedness is another addition to the precinct with communal laundries, productive gardens, multipurpose rooms and a future park.
The projects are an extra addition to the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build – the largest single investment ever into social and affordable housing.