Community housing units in the Shire of Williams will get a much-needed revamp after the Shire secured a $386,494 State Government grant to refurbish and modernise the buildings. More than $57 million in grant funding was allocated across 47 community housing providers to undertake refurbishment projects across WA. The Shire received the grant through the Department of Communities’ Social Housing Economic Recovery Package. Housing Minister John Carey said the State Government was determined to provide safe and secure housing for vulnerable West Australians. “A key part of delivering that is working closely with community housing providers, and this grants program highlights the close co-operation between the Government and the sector,” he said. “My top priority as the Minister for Housing has been to expand the available stock of social housing but one of the key challenges we face is an ageing stock. “Grant programs like this are absolutely critical because they allow us to improve existing homes and ensure they remain in the system.” The Shire has eight community housing units under an arrangement with the Department of Communities and owns a further 11 units, seven of which are designed as “well-aged accommodation”. Shire chief executive Geoff McKeown said the units were built in 1998 and needed a revamp. “The funds will be used to refurbish the kitchens and bathrooms in a complex of six units,” he said. “Modernisation of the kitchens and bathrooms will offer a much-improved living environment for the tenants. “But the work will also maintain the units to a high standard, making them an attractive place to live. “The Shire will be consulting with the tenants and planning the best way to get the work done with the least amount of disruption as possible.” The Shire will have two years to complete the project, with work on the units expected to start next financial year.