South Australia’s largest social housing project announced for Adelaide’s south

South Australia’s largest social housing regeneration has been announced, bringing more than 680 homes to the city’s south.

Adelaide’s south will welcome more than 680 new homes, becoming South Australia’s largest social housing regeneration effort in decades.

Led by Housing Renewal Australia Oaklands Park in collaboration with the State Government, the 16.5-hectare site, nestled between Barry Road, Bombay, and Doreen Streets, was once home to SA Housing Authority homes constructed in the 1950s.

The site will soon be transformed into a vibrant and modern community known as ‘Oaklands Green.’ The project, which is slated to span over eight years, will encompass 235 new social housing homes dedicated to the SA Housing Authority, managed by community housing provider Junction.

Rivergum Homes has already initiated construction on the first 28 of these homes, including 13 social housing dwellings. Additionally, Housing Renewal Australia Oaklands Park will fund the construction of an extra 20 public houses as part of their partnership agreement.

In a bid to further alleviate the housing crisis, over 450 market-ready homes will be built on the site, with at least 15 percent of them being made available through the State Government’s HomeSeeker initiative at affordable prices.

The Oaklands Green project aims to provide a variety of social housing options, including apartments and detached dwellings, ensuring suitability for singles and families alike.

Minister for Human Services Nat Cook expressed enthusiasm for the project, emphasising its role in modernising affordable and social housing neighbourhoods while providing much-needed housing during a time of shortage.

“Oaklands Park renewal is part of building a strong community while offering choice and diversity in housing. We are modernising affordable and social housing neighbourhoods,” she said.
“This project has been a long time in the making and much anticipated.  To be part of delivering this during a time of housing shortage is both satisfying and rewarding.”

Member for Gibson Sarah Andrews highlighted how important it is for low-income individuals to be able to achieve their dream of homeownership and access affordable rentals.

“Oaklands Green will enable people in the south on low incomes to achieve their dream of owning a home as well as providing affordable rentals,” she said.
“The project will also boost local employment opportunities and help revitalise a significant part of Oaklands Park.”

Meanwhile, the Albanese Government is embarking on a nationwide initiative to construct 20,000 social and 20,000 affordable homes through the Housing Australia Future Fund Facility. This nationwide effort complements the Oaklands Green project and underscores the commitment to addressing housing challenges across the country.

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