Housing reveal just tip of the iceberg

Rockingham’s new $9.3 million affordable housing development was unveiled last week, with advocacy group Shelter WA welcoming the move amid concerns it only “scratches the surface” of need across WA.

Nestled in the heart of Rockingham on the corner of Market and McNichol Street, the development has 32 properties across two complexes including four townhouses.

The Haven Park development aims to deliver much-needed affordable accommodation for small families, couples and seniors on the social housing waitlist, as well as apartments for sale on the open market.

The project was delivered through community housing group Access Housing, with the properties ranging between $320,000 and $380,000.

A snapshot of the social housing waitlist in December, provided by Shelter WA, revealed more than 18,000 applicants were waiting for allocation, with about 2500 on a priority list.

But Shelter WA spokesman Stephen Hall said there were many more people in need of affordable housing.

“You’ve got to meet certain criteria to get on those lists and that’s income based as well as a whole lot of other need measures,” he said.

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