Evolve Housing: $3.9m Boost for Social Housing and Jobs in Greater Sydney Region

Mar 31, 2021

Evolve Housing has been granted $3.9 million from the NSW Government to upgrade 195 social housing properties to support people in need in the Greater Sydney Region. 

This program of works will be rolled out by June and the funding will improve the quality, safety and comfort of homes with type of works being delivered including repainting interiors, replacing bathrooms, kitchens, roofing, fencing, gutters and floor coverings.   

Evolve Housing CEO Lyall Gorman said that the project will result in positive outcomes for tenants and the community alike. 

“It is great to see that the NSW Government is prioritising social housing as a method of providing stimulus for the economy,” Mr Gorman said. 

“This project is an excellent investment of public funds and will provide strong returns for the community by boosting jobs, keeping publicly owned social housing in good shape for future use, and bringing forward property upgrades that will improve tenants’ homes and quality of life.” 

This funding allocation follows the NSW Government’s announcement of 31 successful bids by Community Housing Providers (CHPs) to deliver $40 million in stimulus funding to upgrade social housing, create jobs and help build safer and stronger communities throughout NSW. 

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the $40 million program will deliver capital works for more than 2000 properties owned by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and managed by CHPs, including 55 per cent in regional locations. 

“The program will create more than 350 jobs in NSW, with more than half of them in regional areas. Regional NSW has also received over half of government stimulus grants over $1 million,” Mrs Pavey said. 

“Alongside CHPs, we’re improving the quality, comfort and safety of homes for thousands of vulnerable people and families throughout NSW. 

“This investment is also supporting the local businesses that are supplying workers with the tools, trades and building materials that will give these homes a fresh lick of paint, a new roof or gutter, and much needed bathroom and kitchen replacements.” 

The $40 million stimulus injection forms part of the NSW Government’s record budget investment of close to $900 million to fast-track construction of thousands of new homes, while creating jobs and boosting the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19. 

The NSW Government announced a $200 million maintenance spend in the last year’s budget. This complements the $47 million maintenance stimulus program delivered by LAHC last year, which supported 500 jobs and upgraded 2,200 social housing properties and another 200 buildings, grounds and complexes, in regional and metropolitan NSW. 

Read the Land and Housing Corporation’s media release here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/40m-boost-nsw-social-housing-jobs-nsw-lahc