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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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Operational Framework for the One Offer Policy: Comment on Draft for Consultation (22 May 2018)
The Federations’ response to the FACS Operational Framework for the One Offer Policy can be accessed here. The submission outlines issues raised by Federation members in response to the Draft for Consultation. For further information contact Deborah Georgiou on deborahg@communityhousing.org.au

REPORT: Multi-Tenure Developments: Best Practice Approaches to Design, Development and Management (7 May 2018)
The Federation is pleased to release its report on best practice approaches to multi-tenure developments.  The report has been undertaken on the Federation’s behalf by Dr Judy Stubbs and is produced in conjunction with the Department of Family and Community Services.
The report is based on extensive research and looks at bringing together social, affordable and private housing in multi-tenure developments that deliver vibrant communities that work well for different people.  Through its use of case studies, the report provides excellent insights into the key design, development and management approaches of successful multi-tenure developments
. Read Full Report

Closing the Gap Refresh (30 April 2018)
Click here for submission from the NSW Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations.

Housing Matters (30 April 2018)
The April edition of our newsletter is available here.

MEDIA RELEASE: More community housing critical as rental stress grows in NSW (30 April 2018)
Growing rental stress across NSW highlights the urgent need for action from all levels of government to create more social and affordable housing for local communities from the Tweed to the Riverina, the state's peak not for profit housing body said today. Read full release here

Community Housing Leasing Program – Federation Submission to 2017 Review (30 April 2018)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations has responded to the Review of the Community Housing Leasing Program (CHLP). The submission broadly supports the recommendations of the Review, including the need to effectively index the funding and provide longer funding periods. Any review of private sector leasing has to consider its role in the context of all of the housing assistance approaches being funded by government. The Federation’s submission can be found here.

Better housing options for people leaving custody – a bigger role for community housing providers (30 April 2018)
In 2017, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW commissioned research into housing options for people leaving prison in NSW. This report of this work was launched at a Roundtable attended by representatives from Corrective Services, community housing providers, homelessness services, FACS, industry peaks, the Community Restorative Centre and the Women’s Justice Network held in Sydney on 28 March.
The report by Tony Gilmour, Pathways Home; NSW Community Housing’s Role in delivering Better Outcomes for People Exiting Corrective Services (Feb 2018), looks at current policy and practice in housing people leaving custody in NSW, and recommends improvements that could be made particularly through the involvement of community housing providers. The report can be found here and anyone wanting more information can contact Deborah Georgiou on 9281 7144 ext. 204

Position Vacant: NSW Federation of Housing Assocations - Head of Learning and Development, Centre for Training in Social Housing (Permanent, Full time) Closing date Friday 11th May 2018. More info.

Federation submission on proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 – Boarding Houses (23 April 2018)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations made a submission to the NSW Government on its proposed changes to parking requirements for new generation boarding houses.
The Federation does not support the proposed changes.  The proposed changes are likely to make the cost of developing some new generation boarding houses for low income people prohibitive and in other cases the numbers of rooms provided will be reduced. We anticipate that the changes to parking requirements would reduce the numbers of genuinely affordable homes that are developed in NSW.

FedEx Report now available! (18 April 2018)
View the March 2018 FedEx report here!

Community Sector Banking - 2018 Social Investment Grants Program (12 April2018)
Are you a not-for-profit working to build resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse? Why not apply for a CommunitySectorBanking Social Investment Grant? The $300,000 grant program opens 1 May. Sign up here: https://communitysectorbanking.com.au/grants

Homeground real estate Sydney invites landlords to help end homelessness (11 April2018)
An innovative real estate agency with a social purpose has been launched by leading Sydney community housing organisation Bridge Housing to drive investment in and supply of affordable housing in the challenging Sydney market. Read the full release here

Housing Matters (28 March 2018)
The March edition of our newsletter is available here.

Submission: Protection for Residents of Long Term Supported Group Accommodation in NSW (23 March 2018)
With the roll out of the NDIS, community housing providers have a growing role to play in managing Specialist Disability Accommodation. The rights of tenants in group accommodation should mirror those of other tenants and be included in the NSW Residential Tenancies Act, with additional provisions to address the particular needs of people with disability living in shared accommodation. Full submission here.

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW community housing sector joins national campaign to fix our broken housing system (21 March 2018)
The state's peak not-for-profit community housing body today joined hundreds of a community, housing, and homelessness organisations in calling on all political parties to support a plan to fix Australia's broken housing system. Read the full release here.

Free Energy Training for CHP staff and tenants (20 March 2018)
The Federation is excited to announce a series of specially developed training sessions for CHP staff and tenants to help reduce energy costs and promote energy efficiency. The training has been developed in partnership with The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON), and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).
Initially 3 training sessions have been organised and further sessions will be rolled out on demand:

  • Sydney CBD – Thursday 26th April
  • Parramatta – Wednesday 9th May
  • Regional NSW – Thursday 31st May * Location to be determined by Expressions of Interest

Click here for the energy training brochure and application form. For more information contact Leoni Lynch on 9281 7144 ext 203 or email leonil@communityhousing.org.au

Media release : New polling shows 2 in 3 Australians want action on housing (19 March 2018)
Federal and state governments are failing the test of providing secure, affordable housing with two in three Australians saying all political parties must do more to address housing affordability. Read full release here.

MEDIA RELEASE: GSC targets more affordable rental housing in greater Sydney (18 March 2018)
Greater Sydney Commission proposals to oversee implementation of affordable rental housing targets across Sydney is an important sign it is committed to addressing the chronic need for long term affordable housing options for lower income households.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst said the GSC’s Greater Sydney Region Plan released today should ensure that when land is rezoned in parts of Sydney between 5-10% of additional floor space is used to build affordable rental housing. Full release here.

Submission - Inquiry into the National Housing Finance Intermediary Corporation (12 March 2018)
The Federation joined the other community housing peaks in the CHIA led submission to the Treasury consultation on the investment mandate for the National Housing Finance Intermediary Corporation (NHFIC).
The investment mandate is a set of guidelines from the Federal government to the NHFIC Board to follow in operating the National Housing Infrastructure Fund and the Bond Aggregator

Making Better Economic Cases for Housing Policies (9 March 2018)
Housing is vital economic infrastructure critical to creating future productivity in major cities such as Sydney according to a report by one of the world’s leading urban economists, Professor Duncan Maclennan, which was launched at a packed event at Sydney  Museum on 8 March kindly sponsored by Payce.

Making Better Economic Cases for Housing looks at the implications of housing market performance for the wellbeing of individuals and the growth and productivity of Sydney’s economy. The research by a team from UNSW City Futures Research Team was commissioned by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations.
Read the full report here.

The 2018 conference theme – Everybody’s Home – highlights the current and growing shortfall of accessible and affordable housing in Australia across the entire housing continuum.
Over two days, housing professionals from the private, not for profit, and government sectors will come together to share expertise and find out about the latest news in the industry.  Register here

Housing Matters (01 March 2018)
The February edition of our newsletter is available here.

March 2018 Federation Exchange Program is here! (21 February 2018)
The Federation is pleased to announce the release of its March Federation Exchange Program. The Federation Exchange is an event consisting of ideas sharing across networks within the community housing sector.  These networks include CEOs, Asset, Finance Officers, HR, Planning and Development, Middle Managers, Community Development, Aboriginal Community Housing Providers, Tier 3, and NDIS – to name a few.  The full program can be viewed here.

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW community housing industry set to deliver $1 billion worth of new homes by 2020 (12 February 2018)
The state’s community housing industry will have delivered almost $1 billion investment in
social and affordable housing by 2020, new data released by the NSW Federation of Housing
Association shows.  Federation CEO Wendy Hayhurst said the data was a snapshot of developments already with councils, and does not take into account development applications yet to be submitted.  Read the full media release here.

REPORT: Delivering new housing supply - NSW community housing industry snapshot (12 February 2018)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is delighted to be able to share its 2017 Development Snapshot. The Snapshot is the first time the community housing industry in NSW has reported on the significant contribution that registered community housing providers make to social and affordable housing supply. Read the full report here and download the infographic here.

NSW Federation of Housing Association submission to the Draft Affordable Housing SEPP 70 review (1 February 2018)
The Federation welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to SEPP 70. The Federation strongly supports the use of planning policy to encourage additional delivery of affordable rental housing. Read the submission here. Please see below map links:

Housing Matters (22 January 2018)
The January edition of our newsletter is available here.

Housing Matters (21 December 2017)
The December edition of our newsletter is available here.

Submission to the Greater Sydney Commission Region Plan (18 December 2017)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan: 'Our Greater Sydney 2056, a metropolis of three cities – connecting people'. Developing a clear vision for Greater Sydney's growth and productivity is vital in ensuring that the city remains liveable for its communities and stays competitive. Read the submission here.

Annual Report 2016-2017
The Federation's Annual Report was presented to members at the 2016-17 Annual General Meeting on December 13 and can be downloaded here.


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