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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.

Neighbourhoods Masterclass – Taking place on 18 & 19 November in Sydney (24 September 2015)
The Federation is holding a one and a half day Neighbourhood’s Masterclass which will build on the community housing industry’s understanding and capacity in order to support community housing providers’ work in neighbourhoods and communities. Read more…

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.

Industry Strategy Launch Invitation 29 September: Building More Affordable Housing Through the NSW Planning System (15 September 2015)             
With NSW in the middle of a housing affordability crisis, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations is releasing its action plan: 'Homes for all: A plan for housing affordability' in NSW that sets out clear proposals on how the planning system could be used to help drive change. Read more...

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

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...

MEDIA RELEASE Tax vacant properties to address Sydney's housing affordability (17 August 2015)
A vacant-property levy on the city's absent home owners could help fund new affordable
homes for key city workers, the state's peak not for profit community housing organisation
said today.

In its submission to the City of Sydney Council's Housing Issues Paper, the NSW Federation
of Housing Associations urged Council, as one of a number of recommendations, to consider
charging higher rates on the habitable properties sitting empty in the city for months at a time. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE Committee of Sydney signals "game on" for community housing
(17 August 2015)
The Committee for Sydney's plan for housing affordability shows that big ideas can bring the development and community sectors together to tackle Sydney's affordability crisis, the state's peak not for profit housing organisation said today. 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.

MEDIA RELEASE Community housing the solution to north coast rental affordability
(5 August 2015)
Community housing models are one of the best solutions to the region's housing affordability
crisis the CEO of the NSW's peak not-for-profit housing body will tell a housing summit in
Lennox Head tomorrow (Thursday, August 6). Read more....

Housing Matters: July edition
The July edition is now available.

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

Housing Matters: June edition
The June edition is now available.

MEDIA RELEASE Community housing the key to affordability crisis  (26 June 2015)
The state’s peak not-for-profit housing body today welcomed Opposition calls to transfer 20,000 public housing properties to community housing associations. NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said title transfer could unlock hundreds of millions of dollars of public money to invest in new housing and help solve the state’s housing affordability crisis. Read more…

Housing Matters: May edition
The May edition is now available.

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.

Federation's Briefing Paper on the Review of the Federation Issues Paper on Housing and Homelessness (16th January 2015)
This briefing paper is now available on our website.

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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