More housing for seniors

New units are being built on a big block in Coodanup.
New units are being built on a big block in Coodanup.

Housing Minister Colin Holt said 24 of the 98 units at Peel II, the final stage of the Bethanie Peel development in Coodanup, would be purchased as part of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package in the State Budget.

The remaining 74 units would be used to house people on the public waiting list or seniors in the public housing system.

Mr Holt, who will be in Mandurah on April 4 as part of Regional Cabinet, said the State Government was committed to providing affordable, age-friendly accommodation that allowed seniors to continue living in their community of choice.

“With an ageing population, the Government faces the challenge of accommodating long-term social housing tenants who need age-appropriate housing,” he said.

“This project means seniors in the Peel region will not have to uproot and move closer to Perth.”

The units are designed to ensure a quality of living. Each unit will have wheelchair access, secure undercover parking, six-star energy ratings and high-quality fixtures.

The Housing Authority has partnered with Bethanie previously, providing funds for the construction of Bethanie’s 96-unit ‘Peel I’ development in 2011.

“Peel II will provide the opportunity for tenants to move out of under-occupied social housing into secure, supported accommodation that better suits their needs,” Mr Holt said.

“There are Peel seniors on the priority waitlist and this project will go some way to addressing that.”

The Social Housing Investment Package aims to halve the priority waitlist for vulnerable seniors and families with children by June 30, 2017.