Housing Choices Carnegie
About the Project
Our Egan Street, Carnegie residential development will provide architect-designed, environmentally sustainable affordable homes, delivered through a community housing model that supports residents and builds links with the community.
The Egan Street, Carnegie project is being developed in partnership with Homes Victoria under the Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.
Designed by Bruce Henderson Architects and John Patrick Landscape Architects, the property comprises 106 one and two-bedroom apartments across 10 levels, and includes a landscaped rooftop terrace, car and bicycle parking and a ground-floor office. All dwellings are designed to Livable Housing Australia Silver Level and built to 5 Star Green Star and 7 Star NatHERS ratings.
The site is adjacent to the bustling Koornang Road shopping village, public transport, walking and cycling tracks and other services and amenities. Homes will be offered to applicants drawn from the Victorian Housing Register. On completion, Housing Choices will maintain an on-site office and deliver both tenancy and property management services for the building and its residential community, as well as community-building initiatives.
Housing Choices is an award-winning, Victorian-based national community housing provider and developer, with extensive experience in affordable and social tenancy and property management, and community-building.
The provisions of Clause 52.20-4, a streamlined planning provision that applies to Big Housing Build projects required Housing Choices to consult with the community and other stakeholders before applying for planning approval. On 27 October, 2021 a community information session was held online for residents and businesses within 150m of the proposed development site. The project team presented at the session and responded to questions. Community members were also able to provide further feedback on the development proposal during the consultation period from 11 October to 1 November, 2021.
A Report consolidating all consultation activities undertaken was submitted as part of our planning application process. This included feedback from the local community, City of Glen Eira, Office of the Victorian Government Architect, utility providers and other stakeholders.
What is community housing?
Over 20,000 Victorian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes. They are from all walks of life – single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people with disability.
The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing spectrum, alongside public housing and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. In Victoria, public housing is managed by Homes Victoria. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices.
Community housing providers are regulated by the Victorian Housing Registrar and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. We provide safe and secure homes to those who live on low incomes, often with disability. We are committed under our charter to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies, and ensure they have access to support services and live in communities that will improve their circumstances and life opportunities.
The Big Housing Build
Under the $5.3bn Big Housing Build announced in 2020, the Victorian Government in partnership with community housing providers and developers, will deliver 12,000 new social and affordable homes while generating 10,000 jobs each year over the four year program.
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