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Port Macquarie celebrates new affordable housing

31 May 2019

The community of Port Macquarie will receive 15 new affordable independent living villas, constructed and managed by Uniting and funded through the NSW Family and Community Services’ (FACS) Social and Affordable Housing Fund Services Agreement.

A sod-turning event on 4 June will commemorate the commencement of construction, bringing together many of the parties involved in planning and developing the villas, including Mayor Peter Pinson, FACS and the congregation of Port Macquarie Uniting Church.

The development will enable Uniting to continue to meet the growing need for affordable housing among Port Macquarie’s older population.

Uniting has built on the community engagement of the Church, working to provide aged care, home care and family services to this community from Sherwood Road since 2011.

As a mission driven organisation, making quality affordable housing attainable to vulnerable sectors of our community, including older people, is a priority for Uniting.

The SAHF program provides a holistic, wraparound service; many people housed within it flourish and find a new lease on life.

Port Macquarie local government area was listed as one of the least affordable in regional NSW in the 2018 Affordable Housing Income Gap report, with 34 percent of the median income required to pay the median rent.

Uniting will manage the development which will be built on land adjoining its Mingaletta services.

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