COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - St Vincent De Paul and Amelie Housing

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—With the Minister for Communities and Disability Services, I recently inspected 17 new units in Maitland constructed by St Vincent de Paul to provide more social and affordable housing for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

I was very pleased to meet Vinnies officials Denis Walsh and Arthur Chapman, as well as some of the prospective tenants. We were all impressed with the units, which are on Maitland's High Street and located close to shops, services and public transport.

The St Vincent de Paul Society (through Amélie Housing) intends to deliver another 65 new homes in the area as part of its 500‑property portfolio. These developments are supported by the NSW Government's Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).

Amélie Housing is about more than bricks and mortar. They have a vision to deliver wrap‑around services in addition to stable housing. Their suite of supports includes health, education, employment and community services. There is an enormous need for social and affordable accommodation in my electorate of Maitland and I thank St Vincent de Paul Housing and Amélie Housing for this much-needed contribution.