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Minute with Magnus

I’ve been procrastinating writing my minute! For everyone working in our sector, particularly in regards to advocacy and systemic policy change, things can often be more than a little disheartening. So much talk, so much reading, lots of writing, so many meetings and discussions, plus a few elections for, well … often very little discernible […]

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Churches Housing’s survey shows satisfaction up

Each year, Churches Housing surveys members to assess what’s working and what’s not. Overall, this year’s survey shows that satisfaction is increasing as shown in some random results: 83% of members think we’ve supported them to deliver innovative housing solutions 82% are satisfied to very satisfied that we’re doing a good job public advocacy on […]

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NSW needs 91,000+ affordable dwellings in next 10 years

At Churches Housing, we are often asked what is the current and forecasted need for affordable housing in greater Sydney and the rest of the State. So, we asked the City Futures research Centre at UNSW to extract these figures from one of their recent reports*. In Sydney at the moment, we need more than […]

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Affordable rental housing not delivering for low-income earners, says report

Affordable rental housing is not available to those who need it, says new research by the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, commissioned by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC). The survey found that Division 3 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (ARHSEPP) is being used to develop self-contained […]

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Help for CHPs to apply for cheaper, longer-term loans

Community housing providers are being invited to apply for cheaper and longer-secured loans from the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). To help Tiers 2 and 3 CHPs apply, NHIFC has a grant program that funds professional advisory services providers chosen by the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA). One such advisory company, Caldrex Capital, […]

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Vertical Villages project gets off the ground

Churches Housing is increasingly involved with the Ryde Pastors Network on its Vertical Villages Investigation Project in conjunction with Macquarie University. The network aims to understand how faith-based organisations (FBOs) can help community development in multi-cultural high-density environments so all can flourish, physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. Working with the Department of Geography and Planning, […]

Minute with Magnus

Well, nobody saw that election result coming! Within the social and affordable housing sector, it takes us back to square one and we may need to consider our advocacy strategies if we are to make any progress federally over the next three years. Can we learn to speak the language of economics, infrastructure and return […]