Affordable & diverse housing fund

city of sydney



Affordable & diverse housing fund

The affordable and diverse housing fund aims to promote the development of affordable and diverse housing by community housing providers, not-for-profit and for-profit organisations in the City of Sydney’s local area.

The program aims to achieve:
-additional development of affordable and diverse rental housing
-greater range of affordable and diverse housing providers in the local area
-use of private finance to increase funding of affordable rental housing
-wider range of private financiers to fund affordable rental housing
-increased capacity for housing providers to develop medium and high density affordable rental housing
-increased stock of affordable and diverse housing managed by not-for-profit organisations
-reduced housing stress among residents with low to moderate income.

The fund is part of our commitment to overcome financial barriers to promote affordable and diverse housing development.
The City is aiming to provide 15% of total dwelling stock for affordable and diverse housing in the local area.

Funding is available up to $8.5 million and can be used for:
-acquiring land
-design and construction
-associated development costs.

Priority will be given to projects whose funding includes debt finance and preference will be given to applicants registered as tier 1, 2 or 3 under the national regulatory code for community housing providers.

The affordable and diverse housing fund is open all year for applications until funds are exhausted. All projects must be intended for completion within 3 years of funding approval.

For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact:
Grants team
02 9265 9333

Fee-Free Training

Fee-Free Training 

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that students can get training to get the skills they need to get the job they want and their course fees will be covered.

From 1 July 2016, fee-free scholarships have been extended to people experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:
*young people who are eligible for a concession fee, with priority given to social housing residents and clients or young people in crisis/supported accommodation
*young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
*people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.

For more information, please visit the Smart and Skilled website.

Reports Released

Reports Released

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Homelessness Week 2016 – August 1-7
There are many opportunities to participate in Homelessness Week events

Building Bridges 2016
To grow community understanding and dialogue towards justice for Indigenous Australians – August 3, 10, 17, 24.
Parramatta Town Hall, Jubilee Room – 7:30 pm
No charge – Donation appreciated
An initiative of Reconciliation for Western Sydney
For further information, contact Lyn 9639 8394

AHURI One-Day Conference – The future of housing assistance
Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Adelaide Oval

National Housing Conference 2017
29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
The biennial National Housing Conference is the single largest cross-sectoral event in Australasia for the social and affordable housing sectors. AHURI will convene the tenth National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney, in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services on 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the International Convention Centre. Registrations will open late 2016.



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Any organisations registered with the ACNC are eligible for the Power of Us licenced donation program (which offers the first 10 licences free). Click here to go to the webpage, or here to contact Andrew Hill – account executive for further details.

CHINTARO – Social Housing Software



Social Housing management software

Churches Housing discovered that some of our members were struggling in relation to their software systems and reporting, often having to duplicate entries and using out-dated or cobbled together systems that were not fit-for purpose. We decided to investigate some solutions, including an option to develop our own software.
We quickly discovered that the wheel had already been invented and as such, Churches Housing have partnered with Chintaro Social Housing management software. This partnership offers our members who are looking to automate their business activities, potential savings due to economies and group buying power. $100 from every license sold through our network will be donated to Churches Housing to bring you bigger and better services. Chintaro BDM Jen Rutherford will be happy to set you up with a demonstration or 30 day trial of the software.

Chintaro is:
– Quick and easy to set-up
– 150 customers around Aust/NZ
– Affordable
– Purpose-built for Social Housing not Real Estate

Chintaro Automates maintenance, financial management, reporting, case notes and tenant communication,

Contact details:
Jen Rutherford Chintaro Business Development Manager MDB
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Chintaro makes the lives of Social Housing Managers easier

Strong interest in $1.1B social and affordable housing

Excitingly for CHI, our members make up four of the nine shortlisted parties.
BaptistCare NSW & ACT, The Salvation Army (NSW) Property Trust, The Trustees of the St Vincent De Paul Society and The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) for Uniting. Services Agreements for Phase 1 are intended to be awarded by September 2016.
We congratulate all of our members who tendered successfully.

Press Release – May 2, 2016
The NSW Government has announced that nine parties have been shortlisted to develop proposals to tap into the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will deliver an additional 3,000 social and affordable homes in its first phase and slash waiting lists for vulnerable families.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the shortlisted parties consist of partnerships between non-government organisations, landholders and the private sector.
“The SAHF represents an innovative opportunity to boost social and affordable housing stock, while at the same time helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable across our State,” Ms Berejiklian said. “That is why it is so promising to see such a strong response to the Expression of Interest process.”
The SAHF generated a strong market response, with 24 expressions of interest received delivering proposals across the State.
Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said all shortlisted parties have been notified. After the preferred proponents are announced later this year, it is expected that a number of the parties will be awarded contracts under the SAHF program.
“We are rolling out the biggest social housing reforms in 40 years, with more social housing, better social housing and better outcomes for social housing tenants.
“The private and community sectors are vital in those reforms and the shortlisting of proposals moves us one step closer to delivering thousands of much needed social and affordable housing homes,” Mr Hazzard said.
Vulnerable households will be able to move into the properties over the next two to three years.
The SAHF will be set-up with approximately $1.1 billion in seed capital from the Government. The Government’s investment arm, TCorp, will invest the money to provide a stable income stream for up to 25 years to boost social and affordable housing.

Reports Released

(Just click on the link to go directly to the report)

Rental Affordability Snapshot, Anglicare  – April 2016
Hot Property: negative gearing and capital gains tax reform, Grattan Institute – April 25, 2016
Rethinking design’s contribution to assisted living environments, Monash University – Art, Design & Architecture
Locked Out – Deep & persistent disadvantage in Sydney, Anglicare – 2014
Sydney and Melbourne’s Housing Affordability Crisis – Report Two: No End in Sight, The Australian Population Research Institute, Research Report, March 2016
Roads to riches: better transport spending – Grattan Institute

Expert Advice Exchange

NSW Office of Social Impact Investment

Applications for the Expert Advice Exchange are open until 20 May
After strong demand for the Expert Advice Exchange (EAX) in its first year, the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment is pleased to open a new round of applications for 2016.
The EAX is a platform to connect social sector organisations with pro bono advice and support from leading law firms, professional services firms and financial institutions.
The EAX aims to build capacity in eligible not-for-profits and social enterprises by helping them develop a good understanding of relevant legal, financial and management issues so they are better equipped to participate in new approaches, like outcomes-based contracts and social impact investment.
Under the EAX, an applicant could seek to build capacity in, for example, setting up governance arrangements, or preparing for and participating in new business opportunities.
Do you require assistance to prepare for new ways of funding social services?
Are you eligible for advice through the EAX?
For more details, please visit the Social Impact Investment Knowledge Hub or contact the Office via email. Applications close on 20 May.
The EAX is an initiative of the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment.
Office of Social Impact Investment  

Urgent call for submissions

affordable housing working group

The Affordable Housing Working Group (‘the Working Group’) has been established by the Australian Government under the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR). Its objectives are to:
• identify potential financing and structural reform models that increase the provision of affordable housing (social housing and housing in the private rental market) for those on low incomes;
• provide assessments of potentially viable proposals put forward by stakeholders; and
• outline the best method to progress further any models that are identified as potentially viable.The Working Group is seeking submissions from interested parties on innovative ways to improve the availability of affordable housing. While the Working Group remains open to receiving feedback on affordable housing more broadly, it is particularly seeking submissions focusing on the areas highlighted by this paper.

For those interested in making a combined church submission, please contact us here at Churches Housing as soon as possible.
Due – March 11, 2016