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Housing crisis forces new look at tiny solution


As the supply of new social housing all but dries up, the NSW Government is investigating small solutions to what has become a big issue. 

Modular housing is being discussed as a possible option for those in desperate need. 

This week a new cross-government taskforce is examining the manufacturing of the structures as a possible time and cost-saving measure. 

Modular housing has been successfully used in NSW, other states and around the world to provide quick and easy housing solutions. 

The cost of building modular housing is expected to be efficient as well. 

NSW Premier Chris Minns says his government is committed to looking at innovative new ways to build more social housing to help strengthen the safety net for those experiencing housing insecurity. 

“Everyone deserves access to safe and secure shelter,” he said. 

“With a growing population and an already extended waitlist for housing, we need to get moving. 

“Whether its social or affordable housing, or creating more supply, we are working across the government to address the housing challenge we have in the state.” 

The NSW Government says its desperate to solve the housing crisis.

At the recent state budget, an initial investment of $10 million was set aside as part of a $224 million Essential Housing Package to address the historic neglect of new social housing supply and trial innovative solutions to get people off the social housing waitlist. 

That process includes this week’s cross-industry taskforce of representatives from PreFab Aus, Shelter NSW, Community Housing Industry Association Local Government NSW, Property Council of Australia, Government Architects, Industry suppliers and union representatives, alongside people with lived experience of social housing. 

“We need to deliver more and better homes for people in need that are fit for purpose, in line with current demand needs and in the right location,” says NSW Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson. 

“Addressing the state’s housing crisis is our top priority and we need to explore new ways to boost housing as quickly as possible and I’m confident that modular housing will be a vital tool to achieve this. 

“This taskforce aims to foster innovation and partnerships across government, industry, and community housing providers (CHPs) to leverage expertise across the sector and explore new and MMC to deliver new homes. 

“Collaboration across government and the MMC sector is crucial to further develop the housing sector, boost economic growth, and create more jobs in NSW.” 

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