Friday, 31 March 2017
FUNDING BOOST FOR SOCIAL HOUSING SPACES
Social housing tenants across New South Wales will benefit from almost $8 million in State Government funding to build or improve community facilities with the opening of round three of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.
The Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) assists local organisations to undertake physical improvements to build, refurbish or enhance facilities in or close to social housing communities through one off grants of between $2,000 and $50,000.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said that the SHCIF was a great opportunity for local organisations to work with social housing tenants to provide better community facilities and open spaces, and promote greater integration between social housing properties and the local community.
“This fund is about providing social housing tenants with improved community and open spaces that will reduce the isolation between social housing properties and the wider community and assist us in breaking the cycle of disadvantage,” Ms Goward said.
“The previous SHCIF rounds have already made a real difference in people’s lives and I encourage all local organisations with a passion for strengthening the community to apply for the round three grants.
“This delivers on the NSW Government’s election commitment to build better and stronger social housing communities by investing $20 million dollars throughout the three rounds.”
Since 2015 the SHCIF has invested in nearly 300 projects across NSW to help build or improve facilities and communal areas used by people living in social housing.
Applications for round three of the SHCIF close on 10 May 2017.
For a full list of previously successful projects and details of how to apply, visit http://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF.