Budget cuts put local housing projects in doubt

Site foreman Luke Downes, Southern Cross Community Housing CEO Marg Kaszo and asset manager Gary Watkins take a closer look at the 19 community housing units on Yalwal Road. The development is nearing completion on time and on budget. However budget cuts placed future projects in doubt.

Site foreman Luke Downes, Southern Cross Community Housing CEO Marg Kaszo and asset manager Gary Watkins take a closer look at the 19 community housing units on Yalwal Road. The development is nearing completion on time and on budget. However budget cuts placed future projects in doubt.

Pressure on housing waiting lists will increase after the Abbott government cancelled $272 million in funding used by community providers to put rooves over heads.

Future community housing projects in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla would have been among the affordable home projects planned by community providers in NSW.

Unless alternate funding is found those projects are likely to be scrapped.

In the Shoalhaven it will mean future projects like the almost-complete 19 units built by Southern Cross Community Housing on Yalwal Road, would be delayed or not pursued.

Before the budget announcement Southern Cross Community Housing chief executive officer Marg Kaszo and former Shoalhaven mayor voiced concerns of threats to the government-funded National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

Mrs Kaszo was hoping for a guarantee the scheme would remain.

Without it she said her organisation would need some other form of funds to continue providing housing on the South Coast.

Mr Green was in Nowra last month as the chairman on the Select Committee on the NSW Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing.

Mr Green said the NRAS had played a significant role in providing housing.

“Someone is going to have to mop up the financial mess it would make if we don’t continue with NRAS or something like it.”

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