$14M worth of new social and affordable homes launched in Adelaide today
Today, Believe Housing Australia has kicked off construction in Mansfield Park of a housing development that will deliver another 37 affordable homes in 2023.
Michelle Gegenhuber, Believe Housing Australia Executive General Manager, said this project was part of the organisation’s 10-year, $100M housing development pipeline.
Ms Gegenhuber said the welcome announcement comes on the heels of construction kick-off at another Believe Housing Australia site earlier this year – a 23-home, $11M housing development in Panorama.
“This new development is in part funded by the returns generated from state government community housing transfers,” she said.
“As a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider, we have the capability and capacity to take on management of public housing transferred by the state, to maintain and upgrade housing, support tenants, and create communities.
“We can also reinvest returns from those community housing transfers directly to increase the housing supply in South Australia.
“The launch of this development at Mansfield Park is an example of one the many flow-on benefits from community housing transfers.
“It’s a community, business and economic win-win for South Australia.
“We know construction stimulates jobs and the economy, and that when people are securely housed, savings through increased social participation and reduced service use far outweigh the cost of investment.”
Believe Housing Australia’s research report Beyond the Housing Crisis – A Home for All, launched with UniSA in May this year, showed that a coordinated, focused response across government and multiple sectors is needed to help solve Adelaide’s housing crisis.
Ms Gegenhuber said it will be a mix of innovative short and long term actions and strategies, and systemic change, that solves SA’s housing crisis.
“A number of factors have contributed to the soaring levels of homelessness and housing demand we are seeing across the state. Low rent affordability and availability, low incomes, a skyrocketing property market and the effects of COVID-19 have all played a part in creating a perfect storm of high need and low supply,” she said.
Believe Housing Australia will also host a series of solution-focused roundtables during 2022/23 for key government and sector representatives, starting with a Youth Housing roundtable on 23 August 2022.
The Mansfield Park housing development:
This project will deliver 37 homes:
- 10 x 3-bedroom
- 21 x 2-bedroom
- 6 x 2-bedroom SDA (specialist disability accommodation) Improved Liveability homes.
All homes will include off-street parking and private internal courtyards. The development will incorporate internal walking loops and shared space in the form of community gardens. Move-in date is estimated to be early 2024.
About Believe Housing Australia
Believe Housing Australia is a nationally accredited Tier 1 community housing provider that owns or manages more than 2,100 social and affordable homes.
With a strong 20-plus year track record in the provision of social and affordable housing, Believe Housing Australia provides safe and secure housing and tenancy services to more than 4,000 tenants across regional and metropolitan South Australia. These are mainly people on low incomes, including:
- People who have experienced homelessness
- Young and older people
- First Nations people
- People with disability and mental health issues
- Survivors of domestic violence
- People from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Believe Housing Australia is part of the AnglicareSA family, which means our tenants have access to a wide range of support services. Formerly known as AnglicareSA Housing, Believe Housing Australia remains a subsidiary company of AnglicareSA.