Social housing development breaks ground

CONSTRUCTION is now underway on 37 affordable social housing properties in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby.

The new social housing project is being delivered by Mission Australia Housing, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and Ronald Young Builders and Co.

Under the partnership agreement, Mission Australia Housing will also manage the sale of vacant lots to the market, which will be developed as private housing.

Mission Australia Housing executive Chris Bratchford said he welcomed the opportunity to contribute new homes to the area, as well as further strengthen local community ties in Clarence Plains.

“Since we have been managing social housing in Clarence Plains, Mission Australia Housing has prioritised listening to the community and helping them to facilitate their vision for the future,” he said.

“This collaborative effort, guided by the overarching 10-year Community Master Plan, has seen a number of community initiatives come to life including the building of these new social homes.

“Mission Australia Housing is pleased to be part of such an important project that will increase the amount of social and affordable housing in Tasmania and further contribute to the community of Clarence Plains.”

Mr Bratchford said the Clarence Plains and Rokeby community had contributed significantly to the project.

“This is to help create a better future and a vibrant community,” he said.

“We are passionate about ensuring all residents have an equal stake in decisions that affect their neighbourhood.

“They are the experts on their community and they really do have crucial insight into what will strengthen community ties.”

The first stage of 12 private home and land packages in Clarence Plains were sold in June 2017.

Funds from the land sales for the private homes will be invested into the construction of social homes.

Mission Australia Housing will also provide high quality tenancy management for all social housing residents.

Supports will be provided to tenants based on their individual needs, linking them with local services and supporting them to maintain their tenancies.

Mr Bratchford said the housing crisis and high rent costs meant that many people were doing it tough.

“More than 500,000 low-income households Australia-wide are living in rental stress, spending more than 30 per cent of their incomes on rent,” he said.

“Increasingly, home ownership is becoming an unattainable dream for many Australians.

“Where possible, we look forward to supporting Clarence Plains tenants on their pathway to owning their own home through initiatives like the Tasmanian Government’s HomeShare and Streets Ahead programs.”

Caption: Social home properties under construction.

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