(1) How many social housing properties in the inner city Zone CS1 meet building accessibility standards and can accommodate tenants with limited mobility who cannot use steps?
(2) What programs does the Government have to retrofit properties in the inner city Zone CS1 to improve accessibility?
(a) How many additional accessible properties have been provided since 2011 (as at 17 February 2021)?
(3) What programs does the Government have to provide additional accessible social housing homes in the inner city Zone CS1?
(b) How many additional accessible properties are under construction or planned?
(4) What plans does the Government have to increase the number of accessible social housing properties in the inner city zone CS1?
I am advised:
(1) There are 540 properties that have at least one type of disability modification, which can accommodate tenants with limited mobility (limited ability to use steps) in the CS1 – Inner City Allocation Zone. The internal and external disability modifications include wheelchair accessibility, for example barrier free access from street to door, widening entry areas and corridors; and widened internal doorways for a wheelchair and ramps.
(2) The Disability Modifications Policy (the Policy) enables the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) tenants and approved housing applicants to request modifications to their home so that they can continue to live independently. The Policy sets out how LAHC manages disability modification work requested in relation to properties owned by LAHC. The Policy is available at: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing/policies/disability-modifications- policy.
(a) From November 2016, the time the current database was implemented, 332 properties have been modified to improve accessibility for social housing tenants. The breakdown is:
(3) LAHC applies the LAHC Dwelling Requirements to all new supply programs to support diverse tenants and achieve best practice in access and liveability.
The Dwelling Requirements can be found at:
(a) LAHC partnered with Women's Housing Company to build 20 units at 174 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo in 2017. Of the 20 units, 14 are accessible.
(b) All of LAHC's projects located within the CS1 – Inner City Allocations Zone are currently in the rezoning phase. The number of accessible properties will be known when detailed designs are developed at a future stage of the development process.
(4) See answer to (3) and (3) (b).