Mandurah: Peel St housing project planned

Mandurah: Peel St housing project planned

PEEL Street could become the site of a social housing project in which residents would also work full-time at a fresh food growing project near Pinjarra.

WestAus Crisis Care and Welfare Services and Sesteem have asked the City of Mandurah for help in building 26 units in an area close to transport, schools and shopping precincts.

Sesteem identifies, funds and manages social enterprise businesses on behalf of other not-for-profit organisations focused on eradicating homelessness. WestAus provides emergency accommodation for families and singles over 18 and helps 10 to 12 people in short to medium stays and others in six transitional homes for up to six months.

The council has been asked to find a suitable land parcel to lease for the project and identified the Peel Street property.

It is currently leased by WestAus and due to expire in 2019, together with a portion of an adjoining block.

The project would operate in conjunction with a fresh food growing business designed, funded and managed by Sesteem and expected to provide full-time employment for each resident of the housing complex.

The three-storey complex would include four two-bedroom units, and 22 single units made from recycled sea containers.

Every unit would have a balcony and there would be an extensive recreation area.

The council agreed to support the housing component on condition construction was subject to grant funding.

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