New Social And Affordable Housing Opens In Campbelltown
Thursday 28 November 2019
Brand-new Campbelltown apartments will provide social and affordable housing for more than 100 people who otherwise would not be able to afford a stable place to live.
The purpose-built community complex on Chamberlain Street was developed by St Vincent de Paul Housing (Vinnies) NSW, using funds from the charity’s supporters as well as the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).
Officially opening the 48-unit complex today, St Vincent de Paul Housing CEO Brian Murnane said this latest initiative represents Vinnies’ long-standing commitment to serving the people of Campbelltown.
“These Campbelltown apartments will ensure tenants have the safety and security of a place to call home, as well as providing tailored support so they can connect with the services they need and become part of a supportive community,” Mr Murnane said.
“As part of Vinnies’ arrangement with the NSW Government, 500 properties will be developed across 12 sites throughout the state. New units have already opened in Dubbo, Penrith and Albury, with eight more sites to open in 2020.”
Vinnies NSW recently launched the Build Homes, Build Hope campaign, advocating for the supply of social housing in NSW to be increased by 5,000 additional properties per year over the next ten years.
More than 51,000 applicants are currently on the waiting list for social housing in NSW, including families with young children. Vinnies is calling on members of the public to sign its petition for more social housing at vinnies.org.au/socialhousing.
“Without a secure place to live, it is incredibly difficult for people to live healthy lives in the present, let alone plan for the future,” said Jack de Groot, CEO of Vinnies NSW.
“Every day at Vinnies we help people living on the verge of homelessness. Living with this uncertainty takes a toll on their mental and physical health.
“We do our best to support those in need, but many people still aren’t able to afford regular meals, or electricity to keep warm during winter or cool down in a heatwave. We see families fall apart under the stress.
“By providing more social housing, the state of NSW can restore hope to people facing poverty,” Mr de Groot said.
Today’s opening in Campbelltown was commenced with a smoking ceremony by local Elder, Uncle Ivan Wellington, followed by some words from St Vincent de Paul NSW President, Denis Walsh, and a blessing by Emeritus Bishop of Wollongong, Bishop Peter Ingham. Campbelltown Mayor, Cr George Brticevic was also in attendance.