The first two properties to be refurbished under the Department of Communities’ $319 Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) have welcomed their new tenants just in time for Christmas.

The two families, who were both on the priority waitlist for public housing, will benefit from the homes’ improved amenity including increased security features and new energy-efficient lighting that will reduce their electricity costs.

The significant refurbishment of the Carnarvon public housing duplex was undertaken by local business Carnarvon Cabinet Makers, with the works supporting the employment of five apprentices.

Up to 1500 public and supported residential houses and community housing properties will be refurbished under SHERP, which is the largest housing maintenance and refurbishment program in Western Australia's history.

By refurbishing existing properties, Communities can rapidly house vulnerable Western Australians from the public housing waitlist without the additional cost and lengthy timeframe involved in replacing properties. The works also reduce future maintenance requirements and associated costs.

To date, $5.1 million has been awarded to 16 local businesses to refurbish 44 properties across the state – 14 in the Perth metropolitan area and 30 in regional WA.

In addition to refurbishments, the SHERP includes a rolling maintenance program for up to 3800 regional social housing properties and subsidised housing for regional government workers and will see the delivery of up to 250 new social homes across metropolitan and regional areas.

For more information on the SHERP, including information for trades and businesses, visit our Social Housing Economic Recovery Package web page.