Calls for concrete action out of the ACT Government’s housing summit

Affordable housing advocates are calling on the ACT Government to ensure yesterday’s long awaited housing summit is not remembered as a “talk-fest”.

The summit and funding announcements were a key requirement of Labor’s Parliamentary Agreement with The Greens in order to form government last year.

About 200 community members came together to discuss a new housing strategy at the summit.

Minister for Housing Yvette Berry announced a $1 million housing innovation fund, an annual affordable community housing supply target and a new affordable home purchase database.

The fund will initially pilot three programs – HomeGround affordable rental, Homeshare and the Nightingale housing model – as well as other initiatives discussed during the summit.

As part of the announcement the government is seeking expressions of interest from organisations to lead these pilots.

ACT Shelter director Travis Gilbert, who also sits on the affordable housing advisory committee, said the challenge now was to create action out of what could otherwise be perceived as a “talk-fest”.

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