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NSW Minister Gareth Ward unveils 94-unit social and affordable housing development at Cardiff

A 94-unit social and affordable housing development has been unveiled at Cardiff by the NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services. 

Minister Gareth Ward officially opened the NSW government and St Vincent de Paul Housing-partnership project at a ceremony on Tuesday morning. 

The development, on Sturt Road adjacent to the Sydney-Newcastle train line, is the last project St Vincent de Paul Housing will deliver as part of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund contract with the government. 

It has now delivered more than 500 dwellings across the state, including in Maitland, Dubbo, Albury and Sydney. 

“Today marks an important milestone in the SAHF program with Vinnies surpassing 500 new homes delivered across NSW,” Mr Ward said on Tuesday. 

“This new 94-unit social and affordable housing complex in Cardiff is close to shops, transport and services, and will help reduce housing stress.

“People who move into these modern apartments will not only have a place to call home, but access to services and support to help them improve their health and general wellbeing.”

Single mum Chloe said she was ecstatic to have moved into the new units with her daughter Ciara and soon-to-be-born son. 

“With a young daughter and a son arriving any day, having safe and stable housing means the world to me,” she said. 

Vinnies was one of eight community housing providers that the NSW government partnered with to deliver new homes and tailored support services under the Social and Affordable Housing Fund program.

St Vincent de Paul Housing CEO Brian Murnane said the SAHF contract had employed hundreds of people in construction and administration, injected money into the economy and providing hundreds of new homes for vulnerable people.

“Because of projects like this, hundreds of families across NSW were able to celebrate Christmas in their new home and look to 2021 with renewed hope and optimism,” he said.

DELIVERED: Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, Gareth Ward, Ciara, Chloe and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW chief executive officer Jack De Groot.
 DELIVERED: Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, Gareth Ward, Ciara, Chloe and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW chief executive officer Jack De Groot.

“The delivery of modern affordable accommodation together with wrap-around support to vulnerable people in need of assistance like that delivered under the SAHF is a key mission of the Society.”

Mr Ward opened a similar 65-unit development at Thornton in November.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7091508/cardiff-social-and-affordable-housing-development-unveiled/

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