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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: 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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