City West Housing (CWH) has been appointed as the affordable housing provider for the North Eveleigh affordable housing project initiated by the RWA now UrbanGrowth Development Corporation. CWH is to undertake the design, seek planning approval, construct and manage a minimum of 61 affordable housing units at North Eveleigh. The final number of units will be determined through the design stage.
CWH is a not-for-profit company established in 1994 to provide affordable housing to people on low and moderate incomes in Ultimo/Pyrmont. It has expanded to Green Square and now covers the City of Sydney LGA. CWH is owned by the state government which approves an annual business plan but otherwise CWH operates as a private company with its own board. CWH currently manages 547 properties.
CWH housing at North Eveleigh will be open to those in need of housing who live or work in the City of Sydney LGA. There are local selection criteria allowing those who have previously lived in the area for two or more years or who have immediate family currently living locally to also apply.
CWH mixes the income levels in its housing based on household income bands (before tax). Currently the income mix is 25 per cent of units allocated for households earning up to $31,420, 45 per cent for the $31,421 – $52,612 income band, and 30 per cent for $52,613 – $89,471.
Currently, Nace Civil Engineering (1300 556 889) is undertaking site infrastructure works, including a new access road, to support the affordable housing in the western portion of the North Eveleigh site including a new access road to the site. CWH is preparing a development application (DA) for the affordable housing to be lodged with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure before June 2013 for public exhibition and comment. Federal government funding stipulates that the housing is completed by December 2014.
CWH has a good reputation as both an affordable housing developer and operator, and works closely with the State Government and City of Sydney Council on affordable housing delivery.