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Construction of a $10.5milllion development is underway to address an identified shortfall in affordable and appropriate rental housing in Kallangur and greater Moreton Bay region.
Tier one community housing provider Churches of Christ Housing Services is developing 50 townhouses on land donated by local philanthropists Ian and Neva Handy.
General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said the generous donation by the Handy family is helping grow the supply of affordable housing for those on low to moderate incomes.
“The financial challenge of developing affordable housing is often about the cost of the land, rather than actual construction costs,” Ms Paterson-Fleider said.
“This project presented an opportunity to leverage private capital and philanthropic resources to achieve both financial and social returns, it is exemplar of philanthropists and the community sector partnering to address affordable living options in Queensland.”
The Duffield Road development, located on previously underutilised land, will be transformed into 50 quality, affordable, energy efficient and architecturally designed townhouses with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms.
Scheduled for completion in early October this year, the development will deliver highly liveable and affordable housing options. These are primarily targeted at key workers (employed across retail, financial and community services), seniors, people living with a disability and those on low to moderate incomes. Residents will receive a discount on the prevailing market rents.
The townhouses are located 27 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, and conveniently close to Northlakes. Residents will also have ready access to rail services following the recent completion of the Moreton Bay rail project.
“With 35 years experience in providing housing solutions, we recognise the importance of a diversity of housing options in close proximity to employment, shops, transport and parks to support a thriving community,” Ms Paterson-Fleider said.
“Our aim is to provide quality housing solutions in empowered communities, with the support of the Handy family we are achieving that here in Kallangur.”
Churches of Christ Housing Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Churches of Christ in Queensland, will provide the property and tenancy management for new the affordable living development.
Residents will be able to access Churches of Christ in Queensland’s community chaplaincy program and home and community care services.
Churches of Christ Housing Services is increasing the supply of affordable homes throughout South East Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland Government, with 40 apartments for seniors in Acacia Ridge due for completion this month and two disability housing projects in the pipeline for Crows Nest. By the end of 2017 the Queensland housing provider will deliver a further 95 homes for people on low to moderate incomes struggling in the private market.
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