Council sites to be identified for affordable housing

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Central Coast Council will develop a Council Affordable Housing Land (CAHL) Proposal to help address the growing demand for affordable housing in the region.

The CAHL Proposal will identify suitable sites owned by Council which could be utilised for affordable housing partnerships.

(Former) Mayor Lisa Matthews said the proposal forms part of Council’s Affordable Housing Strategy and is a direct response to the lack of affordable housing currently available to meet increasing demand.

“Most of the need for affordable housing in the Central Coast is from very low income households, and from the bottom half of the lower income band and lower income families,” Cr Matthews said.

“Affordable rental is particularly important for these groups however, the private market is not providing affordable accommodation, and is unlikely to do so even with strong planning intervention.

“The direct creation of social and affordable rental housing for diverse groups including lower income key workers, older pensioners and retirees, people with a disability, people at risk of homelessness, very low and low income families will be necessary to meet the growing need for such housing in the future.”

Media release, Oct 27
Central Coast Council