Bridge Housing CEO Rebecca Pinkstone was delighted to host CHIA NSW Chair, Michele Adair and the Hon. Alister Henskens, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, at our newest acquisition in Glebe last week. 

Minister Henskens visited the site to inspect the current refurbishment works and announce a $50 million boost to social and affordable housing in Sydney.

“Projects being delivered under this round of funding focus on women over the age of 55, rough sleepers and people with disability,” Mr Henskens said.

The property in Bridge Road Glebe is a four-storey 1970s apartment block of 30 units plus garages, acquired by Bridge Housing using a mixture of grant funding and debt financed through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has also supported the purchase with $5 million from the Community Housing Innovation Fund (CHIF).

The development will provide much needed social housing in the inner city with a particular focus on assisting long-term rough sleepers into a stable home. It has an ideal location, close to transport, health and support services, community resources and in many cases, family and social networks.

Bridge Housing is undertaking extensive repair and refurbishment works to bring the property up to standard, ready for full occupation in early 2022.

Tenants will include those who have been rough sleepers and may not have had a stable, secure home for some time.

“Bridge Housing takes a ‘Housing First’ approach to helping those who have experienced long-term homelessness and partners with support providers including St Vincent de Paul, Mission Australia and the Salvation Army to provide ‘wrap around’ services that help sustain successful tenancies," said Ms Pinkstone.

"This is a highly successful methodology, globally recognised as best practice. 

“We look forward to completing the refurbishment works over the next few weeks and welcoming our tenants to their new homes.”

The visit was also featured on Channel 7 News. View the coverage here.