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The Federation’s mission is to support the development of a
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sector that compares to any around the world, and makes a difference to the lives of lower income and disadvantaged households across the state.


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The NSWFHA office is located on land traditionally owned by the
Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation

(see Statement of Apology)


MEDIA RELEASE: Four in five call for government action on housing affordability (17 October 2016)
Four in five Australians believe governments need to intervene to make housing more affordable, according to new figures released today. An Essential Poll for the NSW Federation of Housing Associations shows that 78 per cent of Australians believe that the governments must step in to make housing more affordable.
Some 79 per cent of people support mandated affordable housing in every housing development, and 75 per cent of people agreed that social housing is a vital safety net for people who fall on hard times.
Read more HERE.
Read the Essential Report on the poll here

Housing transfers good news for tenants and community sector (6 October 2016)
The NSW government's announcement it will transfer management of 18,000 public housing
units to the community sector is good news that will allow for greater investment in
maintenance, tenant services and potentially more homes, the state's peak not for profit
housing body said today.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said the new 20 year leases
would allow existing public housing tenants to access Commonwealth Rent Assistance for the
first time and give community housing providers the financial security to invest in more social
and affordable housing for people in need.

Housing Matters: September Edition
September's edition is available here

FEDERATION EXCHANGE (19 September 2016)
The Federation Exchange will bring more than a dozen networks into a quarterly two day event. The first Federation Exchange includes a collaborative forum on day one about Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW which is being run by FACS. Network members are welcome to attend the Future Direction sessions which we particularly recommend for CEOs and other senior staff members. The program includes several streams to cater for individual networks and some sessions will have broader appeal.
A link to the program can be found HERE.

Click HERE for more details on the event.

The Homelessness Strategy Discussion paper is HERE.

Scoping Training for Community Housing Asset Staff and Contractors – October 2016 (8 September 2016)
The Federation is coordinating multiple scoping training sessions in October 2016. This is a great opportunity for asset staff and contractors in the sector to be trained and certified to use the Housing NSW Asset Standards. At the end of this training, participants will be competent in and be able to apply:
•             Knowledge of the Housing NSW Asset Standards
•             Identifying Asset Types
•             Basic Provision Standards
•             Housing NSW’s Code of Conduct
•             Knowledge of building construction
•             Diagnostic and scoping skills

Click here for more information. Click here for the registration form.

Open Letter to the NSW Premier and to the Planning Minister (5 September 2016)
Dear Mr Baird and Mr Stokes,
At the recent 2016 Affordable Housing Conference there was consensus from the not for profit sector, property developers and the finance industry that further innovation is required from Government to help increase the supply of affordable housing in Sydney. This problem is, as we know, no longer confined to one group. Housing stress is now being felt now not just by the very needy but also increasingly by those higher up the income scale.

MEDIA RELEASE: Open letter to the NSW Premier on Sydney’s housing affordability (5 September 2016)
The state’s leading planning experts, housing and homeless peaks and property sector representatives have called on the NSW government to act now on housing affordability to ensure Sydney remains a livable city for key workers and people on low and moderate incomes. Read more...

Housing Matters: August Edition (29 August 2016)
This month's newsletter is available here.

Aboriginal Cultural Competency Standards Launch 10th August 2016 (9th August 2016)
The Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the new Aboriginal cultural competency standards - a self-assessment process for community housing providers.
The cultural competency standards are the result of a partnership between the sector, FACS, AHO and the Federation. They are presented as a self-assessment process so providers can review their current practice and plan for improvement.
The standards include examples of good and leading practice, key principles, prompt questions for each standard and a self-assessment matrix designed to promote discussion and valid self-assessment.
The Standards can be downloaded here. If you have any questions about them please contact adellh@communityhousing.org.au

2016 Affordable Housing Awards Dinner (4th August 2016)
Thank you to our 300 guests for making the event such a memorable evening. Congratulations to all the Award Winners in particular joint winners Evolve Housing and Pacific Link Housing for winning the NSW Community Housing Provider of the Year. Special congratulations to the dual winners of the The Nazha Saad Award for Women’s High Achievement in Housing 2016 Karen Andrew (Housing Plus) and Vivienne Milligan (UNSW). See the Award Winners here.

The Affordable Housing Financial Intermediary Paper (29 July 2016)
The paper is available here

Housing Matters: July Edition
This edition is available here

NSW needs more than 100,000 new homes needed to beat housing stress (29th July 2016)
NSW needs 100,000 new social and affordable homes over the next 20 years to prevent decade long waiting lists in much of the state from blowing out even further, according to a new report from the University of Sydney.

NSW Federation of Housing Association CEO Wendy Hayhurst said the analysis to be released today shows NSW must provide at least 4,900 new affordable homes a year until 2036 just to maintain current waiting lists. Read more...

Unlocking $1.5 trillion in superannuation funds for affordable housing (29 July 2016)
Unlocking superannuation funds for investment in new affordable housing is critical to addressing housing stress in Australia's capital cities and high need regional areas over the next decade, a major housing conference will hear in Sydney today (29 July). Read more...

Conference Program is now available! (26th July 2016)
The Conference Program for the 2016 Affordable Housing Conference on the 28th and 29th July this week, is now available. It promises to be an exciting and stimulating event for all. Read the program here.

How to create a Sydney where we all get along - Op Ed (20th July 2016)
"If Sydney's mixed communities are being dismantled by the housing market, so too could they be strengthened by interventions. But to the shame of the federal and state governments, neither have much to say about creating a diversity of housing to enable a mix of incomes - which in Sydney means a mix of nationalities - to live in all areas of the city." Read more

Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis (20th July 2016)
How much affordable housing do we need? Click HERE to view the basis for an estimated need of social housing dwellings in NSW over the next two decades. Housing needs paper was prepared by Dr Judy Yates (Honorary Associate, School of Economics, University of Sydney; Senior Visiting Fellow, City Futures, University of NSW).

MEDIA RELEASE: HILDA report highlights the need for innovative thinking on housing (20th July 2016)
NSW needs a new approach to housing affordability through measures such as shared ownership schemes, a 30 per cent affordable housing target and value capture schemes for major urban redevelopment precincts, the state's peak not for profit housing body said today.

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said the latest HILDA data released today shows NSW has the lowest home ownership rates in the country, with young people and key workers such as nurses and childcare workers in Sydney at the epicenter of the affordability crisis. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW shared homeownership scheme – a much needed pathway to housing affordability (19 July 2016)
A shared homeownership housing model developed developed by a coalition of NSW community housing associations and peak bodies could deliver a much needed pathway to housing affordability for people on-low-to-moderate incomes.

In a first for NSW, the scheme will enable homeowners to purchase between 25 to 80 percent of the value of the dwelling, with a not for profit community housing association as a nonresidential purchase partner. Read more...

Housing Matters June edition (29 June 2016)
This edition is available here

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes Opposition proposals on housing affordability (28 June 2016)
The state's peak community housing body today backed calls for a state-wide affordable
housing target as a key part of planning reforms to address the state's housing crisis.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst congratulated the NSW
Opposition on releasing a housing affordability discussion paper that looks beyond increasing
housing supply as a solution for easing housing affordability. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW must invest housing windfalls back into housing (22 June 2016)
The state's peak not-for-profit housing body today welcomed new funding for domestic violence homelessness in the NSW Budget but said it was disappointing there is no funding to address housing unaffordability for people struggling as a result of spiraling property prices.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said funding for short-term support for people in crisis was good news but did not go far enough to address 10-year social housing waiting lists or the lack of options for people left behind by the real estate boom. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Invest overseas buyer windfalls on affordable housing and crisis accommodation here at home: housing and homelessness peaks (16 Jun 2016)
Windfalls raised through new overseas investor surcharges should be invested back into affordable housing options for renters and homeless people at the pointy end of the NSW property boom, the state's peak community housing and homelessness bodies said today.More info

Housing Matters: May Edition (30 May 2016)
The May edition is available here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Salvation Army report a reminder action is needed on housing (25 May 2016)
Today's Salvation Army's report showing Sydney families are living on as little as $17 a day
after paying housing expenses is a stark reminder of why we need urgent action on housing
affordability, the state's peak not for profit housing body said today. More info


Vote Home, this election (20 May 2016)
Vote Home Alliance logo
A Vote Home is a vote for a national strategy to address housing affordability and a vote for all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis by 2025.
Whether it’s housing prices, the high cost of rents, the shortage of public and community housing, or programs to end homelessness, everyone deserves access to a place to call home.
With your support and enough political will, we can end both homelessness and the housing crisis. change.org/votehome_petition

VOTE Home Forum - Tuesday 7 June 2016 (9 am - 3 pm) Shelter NSW - more info

MEDIA RELEASE: Smart Cities opens the door for easing Sydney's housing crisis (29 April 2016)
The state's largest not-for-profit housing industry body has welcomed plans by the Federal
Government to provide better links between transport, jobs and affordable housing in its
Smart Cities plan to be released today.

Housing Matters: April Edition (28 April 2016)
The April edition is available here.

MEDIA RELEASE (21 April 2016)
Seriously Sydney, is a $1 million benchmark really good news?
News that Sydney's median house price has dropped just below $1 million when less than
one in five rental properties are affordable for working families earning the minimum wage
highlights the growing gap between home haves and have-nots in the Harbour city. Read more...

Anglicare reports shows hidden housing crisis beyond Sydney (21 April 2016)
Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot reveals the shocking extent of the housing
affordability crisis in the Illawarra, the state's peak community housing body said today.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst, said findings released by
Anglicare today show all levels of government to act urgently to address the Illawarra's
worsening housing crisis for people struggling on income support and the minimum wage. Read more...

NDIS Housing: the Missing Piece: Workshop 2 May 2016 Sydney (8 April 2016)
People with a disability will have housing vouchers they can spend on new and existing housing from 1 July 2016. Between 500-900 properties are expected to be built every year for the next 8 years.

This workshop will detail how this new funding stream will operate. We will identify the housing development opportunities, likely demand issues and cash flow risks. Industry experts will present on how to best incorporate innovative and accessible design in new housing.

To register please click here

VIDEO: 'Destruction of the towers' on The Feed SBS 2 (31 March 2016)

This clip aired on Thursday March 10th, 2016 on SBS 2's program The Feed, discussing the impending destruction of six social housing towers in Waterloo and its impact on the Aboriginal community and tenants.
Wendy Hayhurst on the Feed

Housing Matters: March Edition (30 March 2016)
The March edition is available here.

New rail corridors must include affordable housing for key workers
(11 March 2016)
Any new train lines to Liverpool and Badgerys Creek must include well designed affordable housing along the new rail corridors to help low and middle income workers live and work in Western Sydney and ease Sydney's traffic congestion, the state's peak community housing body, said today. Read more...

Sydney Olympic Park and Bridge Housing build Affordable Homes for Athletes and Wider Community
(9 March 2016)
The Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) has embarked on an innovative partnership with community housing company Bridge Housing to ensure athletes, park workers and others in the local community can afford to live close to work in western Sydney.

Read the media release here.

MEDIA RELEASE (7 March 2016)
Results from of the latest City of Sydney Street Count showing record numbers of people living on the streets in inner Sydney highlights yet again the urgent need to address housing affordability in NSW.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said the report from the City of Sydney Street Count released today show there were 486 rough sleepers in the City of Sydney LGA on February 23 – the highest figure in since the count began in 2010. Read more

Housing Matters: February Edition (26 February 2016)
The February edition is here.

2016 Affordable Housing Conference – Save the Date!
(25 February 2016)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the University of Sydney (Urbanism Program).
The conference will be held at a prime CBD venue on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of July 2016.
The theme is: "What would it take to create 100,000 new affordable housing dwellings in NSW?"

Click here for more details

House Keys Operations Aggregate Report (2 February 2016)
The Federation has released the first aggregate report from House Keys: Operations.  The report provides information about the levels of tenant satisfaction, housing management and financial performance amongst the 37 CHPs that have participated in the industry’s own benchmarking system, House Keys.  Click here to view the report.  House Keys aggregate reports will be released annually and expanded over time.

MEDIA RELEASE (30 January 2016)
Housing fund good news but will meet just a fraction of demand
The Premier's commitment to establishing a $1.1billion investment fund that will help build at least 3000 affordable homes over the next few years is the first serious initiative to address housing affordability in NSW since the Commonwealth's 2008 National Rental Affordability Scheme, the state's peak not-for-profit housing body said today. Read more...

Housing Matters: January Edition
The January edition is available here

MEDIA RELEASE (25 January 2016)
Not- for-profit community sector to help transform social housing
The state's peak community housing body today welcomed NSW Government plans to
engage the non-government sector in delivering up to 23,000 new and replacement social
housing dwellings to address the chronic shortage of social and affordable housing in NSW.

Tenant Training, 15th March 2016 (18 January 2016)
Following interest from our Members, The Federation has organised a half day workshop to increase and improve the capacity of tenants to participate in their CHP. More info

Community Housing in NSW: Update on the state of the sector in 2015 (12 January 2016)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is pleased to launch the community housing sector's key performance data for 2015.  The data highlights the strength and capacity of the community housing industry. We can demonstrate to government and private sectors that the community housing sector is a strong, reliable and a sound investment for the future.

The Federation has prepared the data in an easy to read and shareable format available here.

Industry Capability Statements Launched
The Federation is proud to release two new industry capability statements and three case studies, which demonstrate the purpose and capability of NSW community housing providers. These resources were developed under the Industry Development Strategy, a joint project of the Department of Family and Community Services and the Federation, through a collaborative between the Federation's members and staff, staff of the Department and staff of the office of the Registrar of Community Housing.

The Community Housing Industry – delivering for NSW – expanded

The Community Housing Industry – delivering for NSW – concise

Case Study – Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme

Case Study – North Coast Community Housing


Case Study – Hume Housing

Further materials from the project are available to members.

See previously posted items: "What's New" - archived

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