Homes for Homes grants $160,000 to NSW and WA social housing projects
Homes for Homes has granted $160,000 to support four social and affordable housing projects across New South Wales and Western Australia. This is the first time Homes for Homes has granted funds to social housing projects in these states.
The successful New South Wales projects:
- $40,000 granted to Coffs Harbour Support Services to repair an underutilised property for people with a disability after extensive hail damage.
- $40,000 granted to Housing Trust to support the build of units for older women and women with children.
The successful Western Australian projects:
- $40,000 granted to Youth Futures for the build of a 6-bedroom property, to be used as short-term crisis accommodation for young people.
- $40,000 granted to YWCA to support the transformation of a property into apartments for older women, family violence survivors and women at risk of homelessness.
Homes for Homes raises funds to create more social and affordable housing through voluntary donations from homeowners and renters. Residents agree to register their property with Homes for Homes, which enables a tax-deductible donation of 0.1% of the sale price (or rent) to flow to Homes for Homes.
Funding is pooled and granted to experienced housing providers to increase the supply of social and affordable housing. Homes for Homes now has granted more than $1.4 million in funds across 17 projects, providing housing for 293 people.
“Unless you have a safe place to sleep, you just can’t turn your life around. This grant means the world to us, it will enable us to double our capacity to help house at-risk and vulnerable young people,” said Mark Waite, CEO, Youth Futures WA.
Homes for Homes’ Chief Executive Officer, Steven Persson said the new funding will create positive change to those experiencing disadvantage.
“Homes for Homes is a collaborative solution dedicated to helping to solve homelessness and creating affordable, safe and permanent housing for all. We are incredibly excited to be able to continue our purpose and provide funds to four new projects across WA and NSW.
“Thanks to this grant round, over 190 people on the margins will experience secure housing. With the housing crisis worsening, it’s milestones like these that show the power of community and working together to solve this problem. We especially thank our community of generous donors, the property industry and PEXA for making this grant round happen.”
“Our mission at PEXA is to connect people to place, and we are passionate about resolving one of Australia’s largest social issues – homelessness. Homes for Homes is an incredible partner, and PEXA is proud to play a role in extending its grant funding program to reach those most in need,” said Glenn King, Group Managing Director and CEO, PEXA.