Social housing properties in Port Stephens part of $4 million state government upgrade program

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Hume Community Housing will improve 29 homes in Port Stephens under the government's Community Housing Providers program. Picture: Supplied
HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Hume Community Housing will improve 29 homes in Port Stephens under the government's Community Housing Providers program. Picture: Supplied

Twenty-nine social housing properties in Port Stephens will be upgraded as part of a $4 million state government program to upgrade homes and provide local jobs.

Hume Community Housing has been granted the funds to improve the quality, safety and comfort of homes with a variety of renovations taking place. The works are expected to be rolled out by the end of June.

"Hume believes in supporting local communities and businesses so local contractors will deliver these works and provide a boost to employment opportunities and create an economic stimulus in the region," said Hume's chief executive officer, Nicola Lemon.

"Hume intends to upgrade properties that will benefit the quality of life for our customers, as well as encourage greater pride in the local community."

Housing Minister Melinda Pavey said the $40 million Community Housing Providers (CHPs) program would deliver capital works for more than 2000 properties, including 55 per cent in regional locations.

"The program will create more than 350 jobs in NSW, with more than half of them in regional areas. Regional NSW has also received over half of government stimulus grants over $1 million," Mrs Pavey said.

"Alongside CHPs, we're improving the quality, comfort and safety of homes for thousands of vulnerable people and families throughout NSW.

"This investment is also supporting the local businesses that are supplying workers with the tools, trades and building materials that will give these homes a fresh lick of paint, a new roof or gutter, and much needed bathroom and kitchen replacements."

Hume is one of the largest community housing providers in Australia and in 2018 it secured the largest social housing transfer in NSW under the Social Housing Management Transfers (SHMT) program, assuming tenancy management of more than 2000 homes and 4000 customers across the Port Stephens and Maitland areas.

On July 1, 2021, Hume Community Housing will take over the maintenance management of the SHMT properties from LAHC - which are currently responsible for overall maintenance of these buildings and not related to this stimulus package, which Hume will deliver.