The final nine applicants to the SAHF (Social and Affordable Housing Fund) has been announced and the church sector, unsurprisingly considering the requirement to BYO land, is right in the mix. With 25 year service agreements for the provision of housing and related services on offer, the funding will provide an important growth opportunity for applicants and much a much needed rise in social housing for the broader community. The minimum requirement of 70% social housing does not appear to be an issue with the church organisations as many are only interested in providing the social housing component.
Finally we wish to welcome Integricare as a new member. Integricare is a large faith based organisation primarily engaged in child care but is considering diversifying their portfolio into the area of housing and/or housing services. We also welcome back Uniting (formerly UnitingCare), who are very active in housing provision, welfare services and advocacy. Churches Housing is first and foremost an association of its members working, networking, communicating, advocating, consulting, developing and providing feedback so we are very encouraged to see continued growth in the membership base.