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A partnership between SA Housing Authority and Unity Housing will see vacant land in Henley Beach South – previously owned by the Authority – redeveloped to create new social housing for low-income households, as well as affordable and market housing.

SA Human Services Minister, Michelle Lensink, and Unity Housing conducted a joint press conference on the site of Unity Housing’s new $30m mixed housing development at 35 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach South, on 4 October.

The development will provide housing for 70 families – including our most vulnerable and the ageing – and a substantial number of new jobs at a time when jobs growth is essential for South Australia.

The mixed residential development replaces old and outdated Authority public housing flats which were demolished in 2018.

Under the agreement, Unity Housing will develop the site, including building social housing apartments targeted towards senior housing tenants. The redevelopment will include:

  • A mix of 20 townhouses for market sale, including some at affordable housing prices;
  • 22 townhouses to be retained by Unity Housing for affordable rental; and
  • 23 townhouses for the Authority to use for social housing which will be managed by Unity Housing for senior tenants.

Unity Housing CEO, Matthew Woodward, says, “The Unity Housing partnership with the State Government will provide much-needed social and affordable rental housing in a mixed development which will complement the quality and amenity of the broader community in which the development is placed. The Henley Beach South development is a core part of a wider $45m-development program Unity Housing is currently delivering to provide more affordable housing for low income South Australians.”

On-site works will commence in 2021 and are expected to finish by 2024.