Residents living in one of 1000 public housing properties in South Australia will have their homes improved in a $10 million maintenance boost.

Upgrades range from painting, lighting and roofing to installing new kitchens and bathrooms and will begin immediately.

Contractors will be encouraged to train and employ South Australians, including Aboriginal people and Housing SA customers.

Of the houses to be improved, 250 are in regional areas including Mt Gambier, Port Augusta and the Riverland.

Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the maintenance program would upgrade properties for vulnerable South Australians, support the local economy and create jobs.

“This is a deliberate and targeted response to keep local contractors in jobs and ensures our construction and building industry is supported at this unprecedented time,” Ms Lensink said.

“By replacing insulation, installing LED lighting and increasing the use of solar power, we are reducing cost of living pressures for public housing customers.”