The McGowan Government has allocated a total of $57,531,017 in grant funding for 47 community housing providers to undertake 805 refurbishment projects of dwellings across Western Australia.
The grants will enable improvements to social housing across 11 metropolitan and regional areas, particularly for those most at risk of being unable to secure suitable housing.
These include people with disability, young people who experience homelessness, seniors, and women and children escaping domestic violence.
In total, there were 54 projects (with a total of $5.27 million of funding approved) which were for dwellings exclusively servicing Aboriginal people and a further 312 projects (with a total of $21.47 million of funding approved) for tenancy cohorts which include Aboriginal people.
The refurbishment grants will be used to upgrade existing homes and extend their useful life.
All refurbishment projects need to be completed by December 2024.
The grants have been provided through the Department of Communities’ Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) which is a $319 million housing stimulus package that the Government announced in June 2020.
The SHERP Grants Program will provide new and upgraded community housing for hundreds of WA’s most vulnerable people and includes specific funding for remote Aboriginal communities.
A second round of SHERP grants focused on the delivery of new housing is currently being finalised by the Department of Communities.
The grant funding is part of $2.1 billion in investment being made in social housing by the McGowan Government in this term of Parliament.
As stated by Housing Minister John Carey:
“The McGowan Government is determined to provide safe and secure housing for vulnerable Western Australians.
“A key part of delivering that is working closely with community housing providers, and this grants program highlights the close co-operation between the Government and the sector.
“My top priority as the Minister for Housing has been to expand the available stock of social housing but one of the key challenges we face is an ageing stock.
“Grant programs like this are absolutely critical because they allow us to improve existing homes, and ensure they remain in the system.
“In this term of Parliament we will be investing $2.1 billion to improve and expand our stock of social housing, which will include the delivery of around 3,300 new social homes.”
Successful grant recipients
|Organisation||Location*||Total grant value|
55 Central Inc.
Aboriginal Biodiversity & Conservation Foundation
Albany Youth Support Association
Amaroo Care Services Inc.
Autism Association of Western Australia Inc.
Bethanie Housing Limited
Brightwater Care Group Limited
Broome Community Housing Group
Bunbury Housing Association Inc.
Community Housing Limited
Connect Victoria Park Inc.
Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network Inc.
Foundation Housing Ltd
Housing Choices Western Australia Ltd
Mawarnkarra Health Service
Menzies Aboriginal Corporation
Mosaic Community Care
Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia
Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation
Newman Women’s Shelter
Noongar Mia Mia
Pat Thomas House Inc.
Pathways SouthWest Inc.
Rise Network Inc.
Rocky Bay Ltd
Ruah Community Services
Share & Care Community Services Group Inc.
Shire of Boyup Brook
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
Shire of Williams
South West Refuge Inc.
Southern Aboriginal Corporation
Southern Cross Housing Limited
St Bartholomew’s House Inc.
St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc.
Stellar Living Limited
Sun City Care Inc.
The Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation (GIHO)
West Court Retirement Village Inc.
Yaandina Community Services
Zonta House Refuge Association
*Please note: Location is defined by the Organisation’s postal address provided in the application and is not necessarily the location in which the project/projects will be delivered.