Today 18 families on the public housing waiting list or transfer list were able to see their new homes for the first time when the Perth Street development opened in Heidelberg West.
Public housing land that had been sitting vacant for years has been converted into modern well designed housing.
The three level development features a lift, accessible design and high energy efficiency ratings.
The VPTA were privileged to be able to witness a new tenant inspect his apartment for the first time.
He was impressed with the space and the modern kitchen. And even on one of the coldest days of the year the apartment was full of light.
The development is part of the Olympia Housing Initiative, which we reported on in January.
Through the initiative 170 new public housing properties will have been built.
Olympia is a self-funded project to replace outdated and unsuitable housing in Heidelberg West, Heidelberg Heights and Bellfield.
Vacant land that had been a blight on the community has been converted in a productive community asset and job opportunities have been created.
Today the Minister for Housing, Martin Foley opened the development and handed the key to three new tenants.
The local Member of Parliament, Anthony Carbines said it was a great day to celebrate what had been achieved, but was also looking forward to the next development at Tobruk Avenue.
The lessons learned through the Olympia Housing Initiative could, and should, be applied in other areas, especially those that participated in the Neighbourhood Renewal program. Olympia has demonstrated that a self-funded highly inclusive model can deliver real results on the ground for public housing tenants and the broader community.