Social housing must act as a “neighbour of choice” that meets the needs of the community, said SGCH group executive Andrew Brooks.

In this TUD Plus Briefing from The Urban Developer’s Affordable and Social Housing vSummit, Brooks describes the organisation’s $90-million, 18-storey project in inner-Sydney’s Redfern, and discusses the removal of the stigma affiliated with social and public housing.

Brooks said that aside from learning from previous projects, SGCH completed abundant consultation.

He said they conducted community consultation before they went into the design [stage] to comprehend community expectations were because they do indeed want to be a neighbour of choice.

He says that the creation of social housing must be a response to the community’s wishes.

He says his company is in it for the long haul, and that maintaining a management presence on site will help them conduct the conversation on a continual basis as opposed to acting as an absent landlord and hoping that everything works out—and it does not.



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