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Statement From The Minister For Housing

Statement from the Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer regarding our story on social housing.

Comments attributable to the Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar:

“Although the delivery and construction of social housing is a responsibility of state and territory governments, the Morrison Government is making significant, ongoing investments into social housing.

In just two years, the Morrison Government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) has issued nearly $1.5 billion in bonds through NFHIC’s Affordable Bond Aggregator.

The issuance of these bonds has supported the delivery of more than 2,000 new and 6,300 existing homes built and maintained by community housing providers.

Also, under NFHIC’s National Infrastructure Facility, $160 million in funding was recently approved for new projects, which will support the delivery of 2,800 new dwellings.

This includes a $100 million agreement with NSW Land and Housing Corporation announced on 9 August that will support infrastructure works to enable the delivery of 781 new social and affordable homes at significant development sites across Sydney.

The Morrison Government is also investing $60 million in our Safe Places initiative for new and expanded emergency accommodation, which will fund 40 projects, supporting 700 new safe places that will assist around 6000 women and children fleeing domestic violence each year.

Every year the Federal Government provides more than $6 billion in Commonwealth Rent Assistance and support to the states and territories to deliver social housing through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. The Morrison Government remains committed to this ongoing annual support.”