A community housing provider says a new project is a "small but vital" step towards addressing housing affordability in the Illawarra.
Housing Trust's new $1.78m affordable housing complex in Eager Street, Corrimal is ready to be become home to tenants.
The facility features four two-bedroom townhouses and a one-bedroom villa catering for a mix of affordable rental housing tenants.
Tenants will be moving into the properties - a mix of social housing and affordable housing - this week.
Housing Trust CEO Michele Adair said the new homes are part of a planned strategy to increase housing stock in the region, although much more needs to be done.
"We know that access to affordable housing changes a person's life and we will continue to work towards growing the amount of affordable rental properties available for people on low incomes, either individually or in partnership with others," she said.
"This complex is small but vital.
"It follows our renovation of the 25-home complex in Bulli last year and another development of seven more homes currently under construction in Flinders."
The Eager Street property, which was developed in partnership with building contractor TDK, adds to the 1100 homes already owned, leased or managed by the community housing provider.
As for future projects, Ms Adair said they were "developing a pipeline, and looking at a number of other additional properties and sites now".
Ms Adair said the need for affordable housing is not confined to any one group in the community.
Applicants are all ages and can be single people, couples or families working in all industries, retired or seeking employment.
"The reasons for homelessness and housing stress are many and varied," Ms Adair said.
"Access to a safe, affordable home is a prerequisite for good health and relationships, work and education."
In April, the community housing provider kicked off the new project at Flinders.
The Housing Trust began construction of a new $2.4 million affordable housing development.
It's expected to house its first residents in mid-2020.
The Willinga Road development will feature two three-bedroom villas and five two-bedroom villas to meet the needs of people on low incomes.
One of the two-bedroom villas will incorporate disabled access in its design.