Units on offer at lower rent rates

INCOME ELIGIBILITY

Single adult: Annual income less than $44,500

Each additional adult (18 years and over): Add $22,300 to the income limit

Each additional child: Add $13,400 to the income limit

SOURCE: North Coast Community Housing Company. Current as at August 2012.

THE lack of affordable housing continues to be a major problem in Ballina, but one organisation is working to make a difference.

The North Coast Community Housing Company has recently acquired five two-bedroom units centrally located in Ballina.

General manager John McKenna said the units were perfect for people currently living in the area or for people who needed to be close to their work.

The units will be available in mid-December and will be rented out at $180 a week.

Mr McKenna said this was part of the new Affordable Housing Program.

He stressed it was not part of the social housing system, so applicants did not need to apply for entry through the NSW Housing Register, which can have long waiting lists.

"We are trying to do our part to fix the affordable housing program," Mr McKenna said.

"These five units will fill a bit of a hole. If people are struggling in the private rental market we really want them to come and talk to us.

"This is not about charity; this is about affordable rent.

"It's for people who want some stability in their housing, or maybe they're trying to save some money for a deposit.

"Through this program, we're aiming to provide good-quality housing for local residents at an affordable rent, by offering a significant discount on the market rent that would normally apply to this type of accommodation."



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