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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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Housing Matters: November Edition (27 November 2015)
The November edition is available here

Ecclesia Housing success at Wadalba (27 November 2015)
In October 2015 Ecclesia Housing completed construction of 19 affordable and social housing dwellings at Wadalba on the NSW Central Coast. Read more...

SGCH celebrates 30 years of creating homes (27 November 2015)
SGCH celebrated 30 years of creating homes with a stakeholder event at Parliament House on 17 November. The event was well attended by politicians, government agencies, corporate partners and SGCH’s Board and staff. Read more...

Hume Community Housing starts a new development in Warwick Farm (27 November 2015)
With affordable housing presenting as one of the most significant issues facing NSW today, Hume Community Housing’s innovative $7 million residential development in Sydney’s Warwick Farm provides a model of how these challenges may be met through collaborations between the non-government, government and private sectors. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Rental Index highlights need for 30% affordable housing targets (24 November 2015)
Sydney's last place ranking in today's National Shelter's Rental Affordability Index again
highlights the need for urgent action at all levels, including 30% affordable housing targets on
new developments, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations said today.

Federation CEO Wendy Hayhurst said National Shelter report show that almost all renters
struggle, with low-income households having to spend 65% of their income to rent a property
under current market conditions.

MEDIA RELEASE: Time for NSW Government to reveal plans for housing affordability (20 November 2015)
NSW needs a clear plan for addressing the housing affordability crisis affecting 4 in 5 renters, the state's peak not-for-profit housing body said today.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said urgent action was needed to increase the supply of social and affordable housing for low and middle-income earners struggling to find anywhere to live in Sydney or regional centres.

"The are about 60,000 applications on the public housing waiting list, with waiting times of more than 10 years in most of Sydney, according to Government estimates updated yesterday," Ms Hayhurst said.

New Masters Degree Program at UNSW (20 October 2015)
The new
Urban Renewal and Housing Masters Program is being launched in 2016. The first Degree of its kind in Australia, this Program aims to appeal to mid-career professionals as well as recent graduates. It will equip students to enter or progress in a range of employment fields including not-for-profit housing development and management. Enrolments for Semester 1 (March 2016) close 30th November. Read more on our Events Page.

Housing Matters: October Edition
The October edition is available here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Partnerships the way forward for affordable housing in NSW (22 October 2015)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is delighted that the Government is seriously interested in partnering with the community housing industry to build new affordable housing in the 2500 unit Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park.

Advertising in today's Australian Financial Review this morning calls for Expressions of Interest in providing "integrated social, affordable and private housing redevelopment opportunities" at the Ivanhoe Estate, and 550 new homes on six sites in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and Tweed Heads.

MEDIA RELEASE: "NSW needs 30% target for affordable homes" under a new affordable housing strategy by the Federation (30 September 2015)
One third of all new homes in NSW should be designated affordable housing under a new
strategy by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations.

Federation Chief Executive Wendy Hayhurst said the state's 40 largest community housing
providers are calling for a major overhaul of NSW planning laws to encourage investment in
new affordable housing for key workers and households on very low to moderate incomes.

The detailed industry paper also targets roadblocks at a local council level.

Read the full Industry Strategy here.
Read the summary here

Housing Matters: September Edition
The September edition is now available.

Talking to Tenants about Assets (23 September 2015)
Most organisations do tenant participation because it is recognised to be best practice and because, if it is done well, it can significantly improve service delivery and save money. So why don’t you ask tenants about the assets you manage? Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing "sophisticated", "sustainable: Auditor General (16 September 2015)
The state's peak not-for-profit housing body has welcomed today's NSW Auditor General's
findings that community housing can help ease the housing affordability crisis for struggling
households.

Sydney Morning Herald article on taxing vacant properties (17 August 2015)
The Federation's CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, has been quoted in a SMH article today, advocating for taxing vacant properties: "While debate on affordability has so far centred on major reforms to negative gearing and land tax, the Federation wants to instigate local change." Read more...

Launch of the CFO Network (11 August 2015)
The Federation is pleased to launch its new Chief Financial Officer Network. CFOs and other staff with financial management, investment and reporting responsibilities are welcome to connect and keep up to date with others in the sector. First meeting is free to all who would like to attend. More details available HERE.

City of Sydney’s Housing Issues Paper (30 July 2015)
The Federation has submitted its response to the City of Sydney’s Housing Issues Paper available HERE. The response outlines how community housing can deliver solutions to Sydney’s affordable housing crisis through several key areas.

Bridge Housing creates affordable housing pipeline in western Sydney  (3 July2015)

Media Release

Growth Strategy for community housing launched (19 February 2015)
Our new industry growth strategy Housing Affordability: the Challenge is available here.  The growth strategy, which was developed in close consultation with members, sets out five priority areas for action on housing affordability.

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 – Evolve 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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