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Grants to support community housing announced. Image – Canva
  • The Social Housing Economic Recovery Package Grants Program to deliver the funding
  • Applications can be placed through three brackets
  • Applications open September 2021

$92.8 million in grants will be made available in Western Australia under a new community housing program.

The Social Housing Economic Recovery Package Grants Program will open applications for grants on 1 September 2021.

Grants are available to local governments and community organisations, provided they have an existing service agreement with the Department of Communities.

John Carey, WA Housing Minister, said community housing organisations are an essential provider of safe and stable shelter to vulnerable people.

“Importantly, these new grants will increase the availability of social housing, create more fit-for-purpose social housing and improve the conditions of properties for tenants.”

John Carey, Housing Minister

Funding will be allocated between construction of new dwellings ($33 million), refurbishment of existing dwellings ($46.5 million) and maintenance work in remote Aboriginal communities ($13.3 million).

To be eligible for the construction grant, prospective projects will be required to be completed by December 2024. Construction grants will be officially awarded from January 2021.

Grants for refurbishments will be awarded from December 2021. Again all projects require completion by December 2024.

The remote Aboriginal community maintenance grants are to be awarded from December 2021. The deadline for these maintenance projects is  December 2022.

“The program will grow the capability and capacity in the community housing sector and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, all of which have a fantastic opportunity to be innovative with their grant applications and demonstrate value for money,” said Mr Carey.

“The funding has been allocated through the $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package which will create jobs, strengthen economic activity and support small businesses during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

This most recent round of grants comes following the announcement in June that $771K in grants was awarded for social housing maintenance in WA.

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