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More funding for affordable housing



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Mark Butler

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER

Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

More funding for affordable housing 1 June 2013

The Gillard Labor Government will continue its commitment to affordable housing by

doubling the number of homes to be built through the ‘shovel ready’ round under the

National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to 2,000 homes.

NRAS offers annual financial incentives, currently valued at $10,350 per dwelling, for each

year up to 10 years to build and rent new homes or apartments for low to moderate income

tenants, at 20 per cent below the market value rent.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler, made the announcement in Adelaide

alongside Premier Jay Weatherill, saying the additional 1,000 homes would add to the 1,000

previously announced in March.

“We know housing affordability is a concern for many families right across Australia and

we’re investing heavily to address that concern,” Mr Butler said.

“The ‘shovel ready’ round, opened in April and we’ve had an overwhelming response with

more than 100 applications received.

“That includes more than 20 applications here in South Australia alone.

“The Weatherill Government has agreed to work with us to support 200 dwellings, which

represents a combined investment of over $20 million for new affordable rental homes in

South Australia.

NRAS is a critical part of the Australian Government’s efforts to help Australians struggling in

the housing market with 50,000 affordable rental homes to be built by 30 June 2016.

“We have directly contributed to the construction of one in every 20 new homes since

coming to office with programs like NRAS.”

“In contrast, the Federal Liberal Party ripped $3.1 billion out of the housing budget last time

they were in government and actually voted against the building of 20,000 new homes when

they had a chance to support affordable housing.

“We know the Liberal Party would cut to the bone on affordable housing if they were ever

elected to government.”