SAFETY UPGRADE FOR COFFS HARBOUR SOCIAL HOUSING TENANTS
Tenants at a social housing complex in Coffs Harbour can feel reassured after safety and security improvements were made through funding from Mission Australia and the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).
Improvements to the complex included the installation of CCTV, sensor lights in the common area, shade sails and garden upgrades.
Tenants were also provided with information packs about keeping safe and connecting with the local community.
“The NSW Government is proud to partner with local organisations to support local projects,” Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward said.
Local Member Andrew Fraser said upgrades to the garden had improved tenant engagement and increased the number of regular tenant meetings.
“Isolation is an unfortunate reality for many of our older residents. This project is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to engage with your neighbours,” Mr Fraser said.
Tenants at the complex are also hosting regular morning teas with local support services, Police and the Council to share information and link-in with vital supports.
SHCIF provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to local councils, non-government organisations and private sector organisations to construct new capital works or refurbish, upgrade or repair existing facilities on or near social housing communities.
In total, $205,901 of funding from the SHCIF has been allocated to seven projects in the Coffs Harbour electorate.
For general information about the SHCIF program visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF