Public housing in Canberra’s city centre is being redeveloped to accommodate an extra 1,500 people.
The Allawah, Bega and Currong complexes in civic will be replaced with apartments and townhouses over the next five years.
Ten per cent of the new accommodation is earmarked for public housing.
Current tenants will be offered alternative government housing and Shelter ACT wants assurances their concerns will be addressed.
ACT Housing Minister Joy Burch says there has been a positive reaction to the plan and tenants will be taken care of.
“The initial reaction is around making sure we accommodate public housing tenants – those that want to stay and those who have an interest in moving elsewhere and we’ll certainly do that and work with our tenants,” she said.
“Certainly there’s strong support for having a mix of public and private tenancies and that’s been a positive reaction.”
Ms Burch says disruption to tenants will pay dividends in the future by providing more accommodation.
“Public Housing waiting lists continue to grow for a whole range of reasons and we have public housing residents across the whole of the ACT,” she said.
“We would be the largest landlord here in Canberra with over 11,500 properties online.”