Home and housed

February 10, 2018

Celia Adams from the Rural Housing Network and Anita McCurdy from Berry Street are working together on the youth foyer.

Shepparton is due to benefit from a new partnership which will see nine new homes delivered to the Goulburn Valley and north-east regions.

BeyondHousing chief executive Celia Adams said construction had already begun on three new homes in Shepparton and the new partnership with the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation would see another three one-bedroom units built.

One of the organisations’ key priorities is increasing the supply of affordable rental housing in the Goulburn Valley over the next three years in a stretched singles accommodation market.

The project will see the construction of the nine homes begin during the next 12 months in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Seymour with both parties contributing $1.2million to the project.

‘‘The project will cost $2.4million... and Shepparton will essentially receive one-third of this,’’ Ms Adams said.

‘‘There is a shortage of affordable housing for single people, so they have very limited options.’’

Ms Adams said they would not be able to deliver the homes without PLWF’s generous support.

‘‘They have a strong commitment to addressing homelessness which is consistent with BeyondHousing’s own vision to end homelessness and our purpose — for all people to have safe, secure, affordable and appropriate housing,’’ she said.

‘‘No organisation or group can address homelessness by itself. Collaboration is essential.’’

Ms Adams said it was encouraging the project could be conducted without any government financial support.

‘‘This is an example of what can be achieved without the financial support from the government,’’ she said.

Ms Adams said BeyondHousing was also working on partnerships to deliver more homes.

‘‘We believe having a home is a human right and good design, energy-efficient features and the latest technology will help make these units even more affordable for tenants,’’ she said.

‘‘The units, which will be built by local companies, will be fully self-contained, with a private outdoor space and garage. They will be designed to maximise space and liveability.’’

Ms Adams encouraged other organisations to think about ways they could partner up to deliver more housing throughout the region.

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