SA opens new $9.6m public seniors housing block

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A new three-storey public housing block for over-55s has been completed in South Australia, addressing an urgent need for vulnerable seniors.

The $9.6 million building in South Plympton, an inner south-western suburb of Adelaide – which began construction early last year – comprises 29 apartments, all but two of which are already tenanted or allocated, including nine South Australians from the most vulnerable Category 1 register. It also includes 1000 square metres of green space, two lifts, and ground floor gopher charging spaces.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said it is “critical” that SA Housing residents aged 55 and over are catered for, as they make up more than half of tenants.

“This is the third lot of public housing apartments we’ve delivered for this particular cohort and in doing so, our aim is to reduce social isolation and help older South Australians develop a sense of community.

“The communal areas in the building’s design make it easier for people to gather together and encourage socialising, potentially reducing the social isolation many people can feel when they live on their own,” she said.

The new development joins a $6.8m building in Prospect and a $3.1m building in Blair Athol.