Anglicare and GroupGSA in social housing project for single women

Words by Lisa-Maree Carrigan

Anglicare in partnership with architecture firm GroupGSA is delivering a solution to the social isolation that many women feel in older age.

The partnership has delivered an affordable housing, social housing, and build-to-sell apartment mix in their new developments across three sites in Western Sydney.

Lisa-Maree Carrigan, director and principal of GroupGSA, says that the success of this project is owed to human contact and community integration for occupants, with the social housing components designed specifically for women aged over 55 who are experiencing financial distress.

“Anglicare are really strong on integration with the community,” Ms Carrigan said.

“The benefits [of a mixed social and affordable housing and built-to-sell development] are that [financially disadvantaged people] can knit into community, and not be segregated.

“A concentration of housing of this cohort can lead to isolation and a lack of opportunity, that you can avoid with mixed strata. [Mixed housing can provide] human-to-human contact and the opportunities of employment and education that come with it.”

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