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Call to cut energy bills for people on low incomes while acting on climate change

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage November 21, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

Community, health and research groups are calling on Energy Ministers to cut energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs by committing at the COAG Energy Council meeting to implement measures to substantially improve the energy efficiency of millions of existing homes. Forty organisations have written to energy ministers asking them to not only endorse the work plan on the COAG agenda to progress energy efficiency … read more

Why Orange needs more affordable housing

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage November 12, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

Dear Editor, Like many of your readers, three articles these past weeks particularly caught my eye. The first: “Cadia announces ‘hundreds of jobs’ to be created in $685 million expansion”; the second: “Rental forums to help property owners capitalise on Cadia mine expansion”: and the third: “Rental prices up six per cent with houses and units in short supply.” For the 30% of the Orange … read more

Housing Plus Aboriginal Open Day

POSTED BY:Sarah Priestley August 15, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

On Wednesday 14th August, the Housing Plus, Aboriginal Staff Community Engagement Group (ASCEG) held an Aboriginal Open Day for Housing Plus staff and the community to encourage a greater understanding of the Indigenous community and their culture. Dancers from the Designing Futures Group demonstrated the traditional dances of the Wiradjuri people, a welcome, a celebration dance and the third dance was in recognition of last … read more

Learn more about affordable housing in Orange Information sessions

POSTED BY:Sarah Priestley June 24, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

Meet the team from Housing Plus and find out more about: How to apply for affordable housing The new affordable homes being built in Orange Pathways to home ownership (Shared Equity) What to do if you are at risk of homelessness Specialist Disability Accommodation available in Orange The benefits of leasing properties directly to Housing Plus Event details: Come along to Housing Plus 113 Byng … read more

Housing Plus – part of a solution for the region’s affordable housing shortage

POSTED BY:Sarah Priestley May 28, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

CHIA recently issued a media release stating that regional towns and country areas are being ignored in debates around housing and housing affordability – even though 1 in 3 new social and affordable homes needed in NSW by 2036 are outside of Sydney. In the Central West, new data coming from the recent Domain rental report shows that Orange has the highest average rent in … read more

The future of affordable housing

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage April 23, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus has presented Orange City Council with an innovative approach towards regional city residential expansion as the first planned development of a $30M investment towards social infrastructure in Orange, addressing the critical need for additional affordable and social housing. With the lodging of a Development Application for ‘Fairview’ situated on the  Forbes Road, Orange’s waiting list for affordable housing will take a major cut as … read more

Housing Plus invests $75M to address Central West and Orana housing shortage

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage April 11, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

The region’s ageing population, in particular vulnerable older women, are set to benefit from a $75M investment by Housing Plus. Housing Plus, a local, regionally based community housing provider, is delivering 220 new social and affordable homes across Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst in the next three years, with the first properties becoming available in October 2019. There is already an acute shortage of affordable and … read more

Innovative new service to offer pathways to sustainable employment for social housing tenants

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage March 6, 2019 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus – in partnership with Skillset and Joblink Plus – is creating opportunities for social housing clients in Western and Far West NSW to improve their employment situation and leave social housing under a ground breaking new service, Opportunity Pathways. Opportunity Pathways is a new program initiative under Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, the NSW Government’s 10-year vision for social housing, which … read more

$684,859 for a domestic violence crisis centre in Orange

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage September 10, 2018 CATEGORIES:All

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless today announced $684,859 in funding to breathe life into building a domestic violence crisis centre in Orange for affected women and children. This funding is included in the $1.6M grant, which Orange City Council will receive under round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Mr Colless said the money will fund the first domestic violence … read more

Housing Plus launches new post-release support service for offenders across regional NSW

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage May 23, 2018 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus is diversifying its community services to include a post-release support service for offenders on parole to reduce the risk of reoffending. Housing Plus was successful in tendering to deliver the Initial Transitional Service (ITS) in five locations across Western and Hunter NSW: Orange, Broken Hill, Moree, Muswellbrook and Maitland. ITS is funded by Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and is designed to support CSNSW … read more