WA public housing crisis: New Rockingham development only hits ‘tip of iceberg’

A new $9.3 million “affordable” Rockingham housing development will only address the “tip of the iceberg”, according to one of WA’s most prominent housing advocacy groups.

The Haven Park development offers affordable accommodation for seniors, families and couples on the social housing waiting list, and its apartments are up for sale on the open market.

The development was undertaken in partnership with community housing organisation Access Housing and consists of 32 properties over two complexes and four townhouses.

However Shelter WA said while the development was helpful, it would not scratch the surface of the public housing affordability crisis in our state.

“It’s terrific to see this initiative, but we need a lot more of it,” spokesman Stephen Hall said.

“The amount of people on the public housing waitlist is only the tip of the iceberg. We’re looking at a need for an overall affordable housing strategy and system-wide reform.

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