Churches Housing acknowledges the generous funding received from CAPMH (Community and Private Market Housing), a division within Housing NSW. State governments have traditionally managed both public and community housing policy and are considering ways to develop partnerships across sectors and to encourage investment in this important sector.
The levers controlled by the Federal government have become increasingly important in the supply and investment in community housing. Commonwealth Rental Assistance (CRA) and the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) have been important buffers for low income renters and inducements for investment in community housing.
Churches Housing advocates at all levels of government for effective policy change, the development of incentives for investment and the development of partnerships between church and government as well as other sectors such as business and finance. Churches Housing is concerned that despite a number of effective programs over the last number of years, overall housing affordability is declining and the problem is getting worse. Innovative and long-term solutions are called for, rather than one-off programs.