Community housing is affordable rental housing for people on very low to moderate incomes that is generally managed by not for profit community housing organisations.

Community housing includes generalist housing for all types of households, specialist housing for specific groups such as young people or single women, and housing managed by Aboriginal Community Housing Providers for Aboriginal tenants.

Community housing sits alongside other parts of the housing system that help people on low incomes, such as public housing managed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and social housing owned by the Aboriginal Housing Office and also managed by FACS.

Community housing providers manage over 35,000 properties in NSW housing over 60,000 people.

The community housing industry

The community housing industry is broadly made up of not for profit organisations managed by boards of directors elected by their members.

Community housing providers manage a range of housing services including social and affordable housing for people who are on very low to moderate incomes, and transitional and crisis accommodation for people who are homeless.

Where a community housing provider is the only social housing provider in an area, they may also manage Private Rental Assistance, and Temporary Accommodation for people who are homelessness.

Community housing and national regulation

Community housing providers are regulated through the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. Further information about registration and national regulation can be found at the Office of the Registrar’s website accessed here.

Looking for community housing

If you want to find out whether there is a community housing provider operating in your local area or want to apply for housing with a community housing provider, you should access the NSW Housing Pathways site here.