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Community Housing Every person should have access to a safe and suitable place to stay. It has been another busy year for our Community Housing team. Amongst the challenges of COVID-19, our team has provided safe and secure housing, often with wrap-around support services, to over 520 housing clients. It is well documented and accepted that we are now experiencing a social and affordable housing crisis with demand for community housing at record levels. As of June 2020, there were 3,495 people on the community housing wait-list in our region. A chronic shortage of all housing stocks and increased rental pressures are pushing out waiting times further. A recent Northern New South Wales profile reported that Byron had the highest proportion of households in rental stress (17.2%) in the region, the state average being 12.9%. Momentum Collective supported a whole of community approach to address this problem and is working proactively with private landowners, councils, state & Federal governments and invites all affected communities to rally together to find alternative solutions. It takes a village. Crisis Accommodation Homelessness / Domestic and Family Violence Momentum Collective has completed improvements to several of our refuge spaces, including capital works improvements and make-overs to ensure our properties are as well set-up and welcoming as possible. • Re-opened Ballina refuge • Assisted over 100 women escaping domestic and family violence assisted with crisis emergency shelter • 115 people living with a mental illness provided with urgent accommodation and support • Funding secured for major capital improvements and upgrades to two existing refuges in Lismore.

Transitional Houses and Supported accommodation Our transitional accommodation supports stays of up to 18 months. • Five households accommodated in our Rent Ready program, which is supported transitional housing for people at risk of homelessness, including women escaping family and domestic violence. • Eighty single people living with a mental illness and at risk of homelessness assisted. • $300K of capital works improvements completed to a range of our older properties in Lismore, Tweed Heads and Mullumbimby, resulting in improved quality, safety and comfort of these spaces. • Secured new funding to deliver supported accommodation for young people in Richmond and Clarence Valley LGAs from 2021 to 2023. Social Housing We have invested more than $1M to maintain and improve our housing stock over the last 12 months. This investment ensures living standards are maintained and improved. • Twenty households were provided with long term social housing, more than half of whom were older people (over 60). • Place-based initiatives were delivered in medium-density complexes to assist with the overall quality of life for all residents of these properties.



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