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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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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....

CHIA CEO job advertisement
(3rd August 2015)
The job advertisement for CHIA's CEO is available here.

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.

House Keys: launching soon
In June 2015 two new online tools developed for the community housing industry by the Federation will set industry standards and allow providers to see how they compare with peers across NSW and beyond.
Community housing providers want detailed, reliable information to help them compare their costs and performance with peers and like organisations across the sector, over time.  House Keys is a tool for generating the data the industry wants about its own performance.

Our members are asking for an easy to access, personalised data comparison tool that allows them to see how they compare to other providers in our growing sector and provide them with an in-depth analysis of their costs and their performance.

In developing the new tools we’ve consulted with industry groups, providers, specialist networks, housing managers, government and the industry regulator about what information will add most value to providers and the industry.

Click here to register for further information and for details about webinars about House Keys

Click here to see a video demonstration of House Keys: operations 

Click here for House Keys leaflet

Click here to visit the House Keys pages

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes bipartisan approach to housing affordability. (Tuesday 5th May 2015)
The state's peak community housing body has welcomed today's announcement that the NSW Government will hold an urgent forum to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in NSW. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Experts hold housing affordability talks, Sydney May 5-6 (Monday 4th May 2015)
Housing experts and policy makers are meeting in Sydney tomorrow to fast-track solutions to NSW's housing affordability crisis. The two-day conference hosted by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations will be opened by NSW Minister for Family and Communities and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard. Read more...

Housing Matters- April Edition
The April edition is now available

Housing Matters- March 2015 edition
The March edition is now available.

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes Labor commitment to affordable housing
(21 March 2015)
Community housing organisations welcome a commitment by Labor today to elevate the priority of housing within government with a Premier’s Council on Housing Affordability. NSW Federal of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said Labor’s policy reflected an emerging recognition that affordable housing is a mainstream and urgent political issue. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing ready to innovate with billion-dollar affordability fund (12 March 2015)
Community housing organisations look forward to expanding affordable housing projects across NSW with Premier Mike Baird's announcement of a $1 billion housing affordability fund.
Read the media relase here.

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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