An inner-city housing project being developed for middle to low-income earners will bring a diverse mix of people to central Perth, the Lord Mayor says.
The Key City Worker Housing Project is due for completion early next year and will have strict eligibility requirements to provide accommodation options for those currently priced out of the expensive inner-city market.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said many city workers had been finding it difficult to access housing in recent years and central Perth was turning into a home only for those who could afford it.
"A city is, and should always be, about diversity and a mix of people," she said. "That is a key element in the most desirable and coveted cities in the world.
"Key city workers are an important part of any capital and are part of its lifeblood. They are the people who provide essential services like child care, cleaning and social services or work in shops, cafes and tourism.
"It seems incongruous that the very people who are such an important part of our city by day need to commute out of it by night because they can't afford nearby accommodation."
The project in Goderich Street, East Perth, consists of 48 one and two-bedroom apartments and tenants will be charged rent at 80 per cent of market rates.Tenants will be subject to income assessment, with an initial limit of $45,496 for a single person and $62,899 for a couple and they must work in the City of Perth.
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