Gabriel Metcalf, Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Sydney, today toured five key developments in Bridge Housing’s social and affordable housing portfolio to learn more about Sydney’s housing solutions and challenges. 

The tour also provided an opportunity to meet with some Bridge Housing tenant representatives at the Elger Street and Marlborough Street properties and to hear more about the good work they are doing in their communities.

An an independent think tank, the Committee for Sydneyis committed to finding practical solutions for Sydney’s future, with one of its five priorities to ensure An Inclusive City by Managing Sydney’s Growth and Prosperity. Gabriel took up the role two months ago, coming from San Francisco where he led SPUR, one of the pre-eminent urban planning organisations in the United States.

Accompanied by Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades, Board members and relevant staff, Gabriel visited:

  • 158 social housing units in two blocks at Elger St Glebe, completed and vested in 2018 after Bridge Housing won a Government tender to own and manage the properties, with a focus on tenancies for older people and people with a disability
  • 11 one-bedroom affordable housing units in George St Leichhardt: to which Bridge Housing secured two NSW Government tenders to take ownership and are now managed by our not-for-profit real estate agency HomeGround Real Estate Sydney 
  • 21 social housing units in Marlborough St Surry Hills: transferred to Bridge Housing by Government in 2006-07 and the centrepiece of our Building Bridges Community Gardens Program
  • 80 units in Laggan Ave and Elliott St Balmain: formerly managed by FACS, Bridge Housing won the right to tenancy manage these homes in the first Housing NSW Property Transfer Program in 2009-10
  • 27 one-bedroom social housing units on Parramatta Rd Camperdown: jointly developed with FACS in 2011-12.

John said: “We were delighted to host Gabriel on this tour and to showcase to the Committee for Sydney the work we are doing to create more secure, affordable housing for people on low-to-moderate incomes.”

“It was also a valuable opportunity for the CEO of this influential body that has the ear of government and the private sector to listen to what our residents have to say about their housing needs.”