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Exterior image of Believe Place showing the front entrance to the apartments and villas

Renewal SA has facilitated the delivery of dozens of social and affordable housing outcomes for South Australians following the successful launch of Believe Place – an $11 million housing development at Woodville West.

As part of this partnership, Renewal SA identified a 3365m2 parcel within its western suburbs’ regeneration development The Square at Woodville West, that could be used to deliver value-for-money to a segment of the market struggling to achieve home ownership, as well as capitalise on close links to public transport and established amenity in the area.

Along with SA Housing Authority (SAHA), Renewal SA also secured Commonwealth grant funding from the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF), which allowed Believe Housing to purchase the land at a significantly reduced rate and undertake this important housing development.

Believe Housing was named as the preferred proponent to construct the homes following an EOI process in November 2018, and the project now falls under an agreement with SA Housing Authority, which governs the rental and maintenance responsibilities of the homes.

Specific attention was given to the project’s integration with the existing neighbourhood. Its three-storey apartment building fronts Nicholls Terrace, while the villas have been placed on Emily Street and Elizabeth Street to best pair with similar-sized homes across the road.

This range of housing options also encourages different people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles to create a unique community of individuals.

Renewal SA General Manager, Project Delivery and Property Todd Perry said Believe Place delivered new outcomes for Woodville West that will result in increased interest and demand for the area.

“Whatever we do, we want to contribute positively to South Australian communities,” Mr Perry said. “We saw this project as a strong opportunity to support economic development and deliver high-quality community outcomes. Pivotal to this was the successful partnership between government and non-government agencies.

“Affordability sits at the core of our masterplanned urban renewal project at Woodville West, and what Believe Housing has accomplished wholeheartedly goes to achieving that objective.”

Renewal SA General Manager, Project Delivery and Property Todd Perry

Believe Housing Australia’s Acting Executive General Manager, Stacey Northover, said the project was an important investment for the western suburbs.

“There is no doubt that access to affordable housing is a crucial issue facing so many South Australians right now,” she said. “We know that it will take a collaborative approach with the community, government and housing sector working together to end this worsening crisis.

“The construction of these 30 new homes in Woodville West is one part of the solution towards providing homes for younger and older people, those struggling to secure a home in the private rental market, and people seeking accessible disability housing.”

Tenants will start moving into the apartments from 16 March 2023 and the villas for over 55s will be ready for move-in by July.

AnglicareSA has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering safe and secure social and affordable housing, and tenancy services.

Believe Housing owns or manages more than 2,000 homes and supports around 5,000 tenants across South Australia. Being part of the AnglicareSA family means Believe Housing Australia tenants have access to a wide range of support services.

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