Bridge Housing and Women’s Housing Company have been awarded the competitive tender to manage the northern beaches public housing portfolio of 1,201 properties on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years.
The Minister for Family & Community Services, the Hon, Pru Goward MP, announced the outcome of all tenders in the Social Housing Management Transfer Program at an event attended by Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades and Chair Mark Turner on Tuesday.
John said: “I am delighted that Bridge Housing’s enormous investment in the past three years in becoming fit for significant growth has paid off. Over the past decade, we have successfully integrated public housing into our tenancy management, including in Balmain and South Coogee, but on a much smaller scale. “
“I am confident that our new northern beaches tenants will feel welcome and supported and that the government will see its housing assets very well maintained under the management of Bridge Housing and Women’s Housing Company.”
The tender win will grow Bridge Housing’s portfolio from around 2,000 properties to 3,100 and extend its business across greater metropolitan Sydney into new areas from Manly to Warriewood. In the northern beaches portfolio there are 936 units, 724 of them one-bedroom or studios, the vast majority of households are single person and about 50% of tenants are women.
Tenants will remain in their current homes under the management transfer. The transition process is expected to take up to 18 months.