Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Natalie Curran of Mission Australia Housing to announce they have secured a grant of $17,507 from Round 2 of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.
The one-off grants of up to $50,000 are part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) – a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities.
“This is all about turning social housing areas into strong, vibrant communities that our residents are proud to call home,” Stuart Ayres said.
“I’m excited by the possibilities that these grants can bring to our local social housing communities.”
This grant has been awarded to Mission Australia Housing for their Preston St, Penrith Lighting project. Once complete, the space will allow residents to interact with their neighbours and build community cohesiveness.
Natalie said it is very exciting to be able to upgrade the lighting at our Preston Street complex. This project will make this property more safe and secure for all our tenants, and also for the broader community. At the same time, to complement this, Mission Australia Housing is also funding a community garden project that will brighten up the complex and create a space for tenants to socialise and relax.
“This is round two of the grants with round three opening in early 2017,” Stuart Ayres said.
“The SHCIF has already made a huge difference in social housing communities across the State and I encourage all local organisations with a passion for improving the community to apply when round three opens.”
For further details on the SHCIF visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF