Best social housing community design for Global Awards shortlisted

LONDON: The shortlist for the best social housing community design has been declared.

Over 250 designs have been considered by the awards secretariat. One of the finalists in this category is shown above.

State planners have given the green light for a social housing complex in Bentley that will, in part, house ex-prisoners returning to the outside world.

It was revealed during planning approval for the three-building facility last week that at least one dwelling will be occupied by a tenant transitioning out of custodial sentencing.

An old single-storey house at 71 Alexandra Place will be demolished and replaced with “safe, secure and stable” accommodation for adults who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The $2.2 million project received the unanimous support of the Metro Inner Development Assessment Panel at its Thursday meeting.

“What we identified, particularly with people who are formerly homeless, (is that) there’s a real gap between transitional (housing) with people coming off the street or from crisis accommodation and then going into permanent housing,” Uniting WA project manager Ingrid van Dorssen said.

“It was designed as self-contained accommodation … so that it gives them the best opportunity to build their independent living skills (while) giving them dignity, privacy, safety, security and all of those things as they transition through the housing continuum.”

Tenants will be expected to contribute to the upkeep of the property and will be encouraged to foster a “collaborative community” with other residents.

They will also be given opportunities for education and employment and will have weekly visitations from their support workers.

But City of Canning mayor Patrick Hall questioned Ms van Dorssen why the public had not been told the facility would house a former prisoner.

The Global Award winner will be announced in November in London. (Globals)