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New study into affordable housing for Mid North Coast - 15/06/2005
A new partnership has been formed to develop effective models for affordable housing for older people and people with disabilities in a regional market.
Housing Minister Joe Tripodi announced the NSW Government would fund a study in conjunction with the Enterprise and Training Company of Coffs Harbour Ltd, to the value of $30,000, with Southern Cross University conducting the research project over the next five months.
Mr Tripodi said this announcement was a leap forward for the provision of affordable housing in regional areas.
"This study will assist with the development of investment models for low-cost housing on the Mid North Coast. The knowledge acquired can then be applied to other regional areas, which may have similar demand for low-cost housing," Mr Tripodi said.
"The Department of Housing, Enterprise and Training Company and Southern Cross University will be looking at ways additional resources can be leveraged into the housing sector, whether these are through community or private sector partnerships.
"This is about trying to develop new models of affordable housing, providing products and services which meet the different housing and support needs for a range of clients," Mr Tripodi said.
Professor Colleen Cartwright, Director of the Aged Services Learning and Research Collaboration from Southern Cross University said the project would focus on identifying new and creative approaches to affordable housing for older people and people with disabilities that respond strongly to local need.
"This research will look at a range of housing models and markets where an organisation such as the Enterprise and Training Company can enter as a new market player. We hope it will lead to the development of new models of financing and delivery than can be applied to other regions," Professor Cartwright said.
Mr Greg Watt from the Enterprise and Training Company said they were developing an interest in the provision of affordable housing and they were pleased to be working with the Department of Housing.
"As a not-for-rofit community based organisation, we were keen to broaden our business base and help more members of the community, especially older people and people with disabilities," Mr Watt said.
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