Just Home Margaret River is calling for volunteers to help drive its advocacy for more sustainable public housing in the region. Earlier this month, the not-for-profit group helmed by former Shire of Augusta-Margaret River councillor Naomi Godden held its first Social and Community Housing Round Table to identify four key areas of focus for 2022. Administration manager Caroline Hughes said the March 10 meeting created a “multi-stakeholder collaborative taskforce to bring housing solutions to fruition for our region”. The move comes as Just Home commits to tangible solutions to the region’s housing crisis, which shows no sign of letting up, with social media peppered with regular desperate posts from residents looking for housing as homes continue to sell — many to people seeking to move to Margaret River or convert housing into short-stay accommodation. “Four potential projects, all at conceptual stage, are currently under the microscope,” Ms Hughes told the Times, “including densification of an existing social housing precinct in Margaret River, a mixed social and affordable housing solution within the Witchcliffe Eco-Village, a tiny home project using the ‘My Home’ model similar to projects in Fremantle and Victoria Park, and a larger sustainable community concept with a range of housing typologies.” Dr Godden also said she was excited about expanding existing programs that “will make a positive difference to homelessness in our region”. “We are looking for keen, passionate and energetic volunteers to join our committee and assist with fundraising programs for this important work,” she said. “Our recent survey has shown that the housing crisis hasn’t eased. In fact, there is more support needed from our community. “It is going to take time to get more housing into place, but Just Home is gearing up to provide support, facilitate social housing discussions, and make things happen.” The Times previously reported advocates were keen to see a social housing project developed on vacant land on Terry Road near the light industrial area, with WA’s Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage considering the future of the 15ha site. It follows a long-running lack of investment in social housing in the Capes region, with only 20 properties listed for construction across the wider South West. To get involved or to donate to Just Home, contact email@example.com.