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Strengthening affordable housing in Western Sydney



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Mark Butler

MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER ON MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

Strengthening Affordable Housing in Western Sydney 6 March 2013

Joint Media Release with:

 Julie Owens MP, Member for Parramatta

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler today opened a new headquarters and

training centre for Evolve Housing to help strengthen the delivery of affordable housing

across Sydney.

Mr Butler was joined by Member for Parramatta Julie Owens to officially open the purpose-built centre in Parramatta and said by promoting individual empowerment and social

networking, Evolve Housing was helping to create a strong community.

“The new fully accessible headquarters contain a Community Activity Centre, educational

training rooms, free internet access, an outdoor barbecue area, and meeting rooms for resident

activities and resident council meetings,” Mr Butler said.

“These facilities not only provide a place for residents to access support services and increase

their skills and chances of employment, but it gives them the chance to connect with their

community, build networks and develop friendships.”

Ms Owens said Evolve Housing provides much-needed affordable housing solutions and

tenant support throughout Sydney, focusing on helping residents develop their own

independence to get their lives back on track.

“Using a network of 44 support partners, Evolve Housing provides invaluable support

services, including employment schemes, disability services, women’s domestic violence

support, after-school tutoring, financial assistance and drug and alcohol counselling.”

Mr Butler said Evolve Housing was helping to increase housing supply in Sydney-one of the

best ways to improve housing affordability.

“This Government knows that housing affordability is a concern for many families and we’re

investing more than $20 billion to help people with home ownership and more affordable

rental housing,” Mr Butler said.

Initiatives like the Social Housing Initiative, the Housing Affordability Fund, the Building

Better Regional Cities program, and the National Rental Affordability Scheme are making a

real difference on the ground for tens of thousands of people across western Sydney.”

“With more than 2,200 affordable homes across 133 Sydney suburbs, Evolve Housing is

helping thousands of people who might otherwise struggle to find a home they can afford.”

“Under our National Rental Affordability Scheme, we are providing Evolve Housing with

more than $33 million over 10 years for 441 homes, with 173 homes already completed.”

“And we are providing $5.7 million under our Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund

to build housing specifically for people with disability in Parramatta and Ryde.”

“We believe all Australians deserve a safe, secure home, and we will continue to work hard

to provide affordable housing for Australia’s most vulnerable people.”