Community housing houses those in greatest need: AIHW

The number of households in community housing doubled in the decade to 2016–17, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found.

The AIHW report, Housing assistance in Australia 2018, found that, whilst public housing provides 80 per cent of social housing, the number of households in community housing has grown by 117 per cent since 2007–08.

The report also found that more than four in five (86 per cent) of community housing dwellings were tenanted by those in greatest need.

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CHIA NSW conference a hit

Congratulations to the newly re-named CHIA NSW for an excellent two-day affordable housing conference in Sydney last week. With a host of international speakers and diverse presentations it was a great opportunity to hear what others in the community housing sector are doing.

One of the stand out sessions was the presentation by David Orr, from the National Housing Federation, UK, on how the housing industry in the UK united behind a successful campaign to put solving the housing crisis on the political agenda in 2015.

The importance of communicating the story of community housing and its value to media, politicians, and potential collaborators in the broader housing industry was a theme that carried throughout the conference. This could involve making friends with your local media outlet, inviting local politicians to any openings you have, or building connections with the development industry to create innovative partnerships.

The conference challenged our sector to think about how we can work with what is within our control. My Foundations Youth Housing CEO Rebecca Mullins spoke about their work with Sydney developer TOGA to create a pop-up youth homelessness residence for homeless students while the site was going through the planning process for redevelopment. Haven; Home, Safe CEO Ken Marchingo spoke about the impact their concierge program has in reducing anxiety and improving the experience of people coming into their offices. Hume Community Housing CEO Nicola Lemon spoke about their organisations efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of gen Y staff, which included highlighting the benefits available, the company culture, and the bright future of their organisation, and the creation and adoption of company values.

Prime Minister must not walk away from indigenous housing

The future of the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) – a 10-year partnership to build and refurbish housing in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Australia – is in doubt with its funding due to end in June.

Queensland’s peak body for the housing and homelessness sector, Q Shelter, says the Commonwealth Government has not made any commitments to the partnership beyond June.

Q Shelter’s Executive Director, Leone Crayden, says that the state and Commonwealth governments had made significant inroads in reducing overcrowding and improving the quality of housing for people living in remote communities.

‘Commonwealth and state governments committed $5.4 billion over 10 years to build and refurbish thousands of homes across Australia,’ Ms Crayden says.

‘The Prime Minister’s own report into the program last year praised state governments for exceeding their targets in delivering new homes, refurbishing older houses, and providing employment opportunities for local communities.’

However, Ms Crayden says that despite this success, the job was far from over in addressing housing need in remote communities.

‘In Queensland, we’ve almost halved overcrowding but there’s still severe housing need across remote areas of the state.

‘This program hasn’t been perfect, and there’re a lot of areas that we could revise and tweak to achieve even better outcomes.

‘Right now all we need is a commitment from the Commonwealth that they’re willing to provide medium to long term funding for remote housing.’

Without ongoing funding and support, the $5.4 billion that’s been invested through NPRH could be all for nothing, Ms Crayden says.

$500,000 funding for social and affordable housing

Homes for Homes is opening its first-ever funding round for projects that will increase the supply of social and affordable housing, with $300,000 available in Victoria and $200,000 available in the ACT. Homes for Homes is an initiative of The Big Issue, established to tackle the chronic shortage of housing – one of Australia’s most […]

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