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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

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

Analysis of the housing market finds Central West is unaffordable for households on low incomes

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage May 16, 2018 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus has prepared Affordable Housing Needs Analyses for Orange, Mid-Western Regional, Bathurst Regional, Dubbo Regional, Blayney and Lithgow local government areas to provide an understanding of the demand for affordable housing within Central West NSW and the extent to which current provision of housing meets the needs of existing and future residents. These analyses are intended to provide an evidence base to support local … read more

Crisis centre a step closer following donation by state government

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage May 1, 2018 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus is thrilled to announce it will receive funding from the NSW Government to contribute to the establishment of a state-of-the-art domestic violence crisis centre for women and children in Orange, based on the best practice ‘core and cluster’ crisis centre model. The funding will make a significant contribution to the existing funding raised from grants, corporate sponsorship and community fundraising. David Fisher, Chief … read more

Innovative new homes to provide independent living for people with significant disabilities

POSTED BY:Carrie Drage April 30, 2018 CATEGORIES:All

Housing Plus is preparing to open a new state-of-the-art, purpose-built development in Orange for people with a disability requiring ‘High Physical Support’ under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The $1.6M development, located in Bletchington Street, Orange, is partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services using funding from the NDIS Supported Disability Accommodation Initiative (SDAI). David Fisher, Chief Executive Officer at Housing … read more