State’s social housing model to be extended to the regions following metro success

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Madeleine ClarkKalgoorlie Miner
Housing and Homelessness Minister John Carey.
Camera IconHousing and Homelessness Minister John Carey. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Following the successful pilot of the Supportive Landlord Model - Djuripiny Mia in Perth, Peel and Bunbury, the State Government is looking to extend the model to the regions.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Housing Organisations, including Aboriginal-controlled CHOs, are encouraged to register their interest to partner with the State to deliver more regional social housing for people sleeping rough.

Up to 100 regional social homes will be added either through spot purchasing or new builds, managed by CHOs through a Supportive Landlord Model approach, under a further $49 million commitment by the State.

The boost to regional social housing builds on the success of the Supportive Landlord Model - Djuripiny Mia, which helps complex tenancies in finding and sustaining long-term housing.

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The model is being successfully piloted under a landmark partnership with Housing Choices to deliver 100 social homes across Perth, Peel and Bunbury.

Since its inception, the program has delivered 70 social homes and is accommodating more than 100 people who were experiencing chronic rough sleeping.

Housing and Homelessness Minister John Carey said providing a home to the most vulnerable members of the community, who may be experiencing rough sleeping, could be transformational for their lives.

“This is why the Cook Government is investing a record $2.6 billion in social housing and homelessness measures, including delivering around 4000 social dwellings, and refurbishments to thousands more,” he said.

“Our Government is investing $225 million in homelessness initiatives this year alone including funding 130 services across Western Australia.

“In line with the Housing First Approach, the Cook Government is investing in a range of homeless accommodation options including the Supportive Landlord Model - Djuripiny Mia, which will provide 100 homes for rough sleepers through a Supportive Landlord Model.”

The regional SLM registration of interest will help the State gauge interest from CHOs to expand the model to more regions.

CHOs in Albany, Denmark, Broome, Geraldton and Port Hedland are also encouraged to register their interest.

CHOs will contribute to the planning of acquiring suitable properties and provide ongoing property and tenancy management.

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