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Inner-city social housing given a boost

Housing Minister Troy Buswell recently opened a new $16.8 million social housing complex in Northbridge.
Minister Buswell said that the complex, on Newcastle Street, would provide much-needed social housing close to a range of services including health care, education and employment.
“The complex consists of 44 hostel bedrooms, six two-bedroom and 11 one-bedroom apartments that will provide approximately 67 with people a roof over their heads and a place to call home,” Mr Buswell said.
“The land purchase and construction has been funded through the State Community Housing Investment Program which allocates funds to community housing projects.
“The development also has nine commercial units, including a social enterprise cafe that will provide work experience and paid employment to residents.”
Discussions between Foundation Housing Limited and the Department of Housing to progress the Newcastle Street development started in 2009.
The complex will be managed by Foundation Housing Limited, which has contributed $1.47 million to the project.
Minister Buswell said that the complex is one of many inner-city accommodation options the State Government is developing through the State Affordable Housing Strategy which will provide 20,000 affordable housing options by 2020.
“Properties in East Perth, Perth and Northbridge are currently being sold through the Opening Doors shared home ownership scheme which allows low-to-moderate income earners to enter into a shared equity arrangement with the State Government,” he said.
“In Northbridge, One on Aberdeen, an off the plan development providing affordable sales as well as shared equity options, is in one of the best selling suburbs for the Opening Doors program. 
“Affordable housing in the inner-city is extremely important to retain key workers as well as creating a vibrant and diverse city centre.”
The initial design of the complex originated from a competition sponsored by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, the owners of the site at the time.  CODA Studios won this competition and was selected as the architects for this project.
The construction contract was awarded to Pyramid Construction in early 2010.
The State Government is actively working to improve and increase its engagement with the private and not-for-profit sectors and effectively harness joint resources and expertise.

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