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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- January 2014 Issue
The latest issue of Housing Matters is now available.

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.

Federation Office Closure
The offices of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations will be closed from noon on 24th December 2014 and re-opening on 5th January 2015.

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 – North Coast Community Housing

Case Study – Evolve Housing

Case Study – Hume Housing

Further materials from the project are available to members.

Housing Matters- November 2014 Issue
The latest issue of Housing Matters is now available.

Federation's Annual Report (17/11/2014)
The latest Federation's annual report is available here.

Housing Matters- October 2014 Issue
The latest issue of Housing Matters is now available.

Providing housing for people with a disability: New report published by CHFA and the Federation (14th October 2014)

Community Housing Federation Australia, with the assistance of the Federation, has just published a new report which examines the issues, challenges, and opportunities of providing housing for people with disability in the context of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  It does this from the perspective of community housing providers, who will have a significant role to play in delivering and managing new housing for NDIS participants.

Tools for Success -  encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades (3rd October 2014)

A trade apprenticeship is a pathway to a flexible, high-paying career. Traditionally theses jobs have been taken up by men, with women accounting for just 2% of those working in non-traditional trades. Tools for Success is a one year demonstration project to encourage women living in social housing to move into non-traditional trades. The scholarships are available for eligible women. Read the guidelines and access the application form

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Anti-Poverty Week 2014
(22nd September 2014)
Talking points about housing and poverty available here.

Housing Matters - September 2014 issue (18 September 2014)
The latest issue of Housing Matters is now available.

Inquiry into social tenancy management (15 September 2014)
The Federation prepared a submission to the Public Accounts Committee’s Inquiry into social housing management.  Download a copy of the submission here.

Shared Home Ownership (26 August 2014)
More information

Anti-Poverty Week (26 August 2014)
Anti-Poverty Week will take place on 12-18 October 2014. Find out about what you can do.

Shelter NSW announces Urban Issues lecture series
(20 August 2014)
Shelter NSW is excited to announce a new community education product - a lecture series on Urban Issues.  Urban issues and planning have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system.

See more information on the lecturers and topics and fees.  Registrations are now open and can be made on-line or by downloading the registration form.

Housing Matters - August Newsletter

NSW Federation of Housing Associations (15 Aug 2014)
Please see the Federation's Business Plan 2014-2015 and Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Industry Development Strategy (12 June 2014)
The Industry Development Strategy is a joint initiative of FACS Housing NSW and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations. The aim is to support the industry to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the emerging environment. Find more information here

Housing, Disability and NDIS Forum Communique now available (22 April 2014)
CHFA has produced a brief communique summarising the key issues raised during the Housing, Disability and the NDIS Forum held in Canberra on 27 March 2014. The communique is now available for download via the CHFA website here

A copy of the speech by Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social Services from the Forum is also available from the Minister's webpage

Tenanted Property Transfers:  Towards an Industry Approach to Managing Future Property Transfers in NSW (14 April 2014)
This policy paper, prepared by the Federation of Housing Associations, presents a community housing industry preferred approach to managing future property transfers with eight key elements. The paper is based on industry-wide consultation and input from key stakeholders, and is informed by the experience of previous property transfers in NSW.  It also takes into account the lessons learned from past growth opportunities such as the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan and affordable housing programs.  The paper is available here.

Building Communities Seminar to be held on 14th May (31 March 2014)
See our Events page for more information on this seminar.

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing (6 March 2014)
The Federation has prepared a detailed submission to the Social, Public and Affordable Housing Inquiry. In its submission, The Federation proposes a number of specific solutions to tackle housing unaffordability, with a focus on partnerships between NSW Government and community housing providers  to create a supply of affordable housing options. Read our submission here.

The Federation’s New President (20 February 2014)
The Board of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations last week elected a new President: John Nicolades, CEO of Bridge Housing Ltd. John has served as a Director of the Federation since 2008 and as Vice President since 2010. John replaces Bobbie Townsend, CEO of Women’s Housing. Bobbie decided to stand down as President, a role which she held since 2009. The Board would like to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment Bobbie has made to the Federation and to the community housing industry, especially in leading the Federation and representing the industry through times of great change. Bobbie was first elected to the Board as Treasurer in 1996 and served several terms as Director, Treasurer, Vice President and President. She was re-elected in 2013 and remains a Director.

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