Housing Matters – March 2020

Housing Matters

Message from the CEO

The spread of COVID-19 has presented our governments, industries, and citizens with historically significant challenges.

For the community housing sector and CHIA NSW, these challenges will require us to support and care for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

As you will see in this edition of Housing Matters, community housing providers have rapidly responded with decisive action to ensure their teams are implementing preventative health measures, physical distancing, and business continuity planning, whilst continuing to provide vital services to our tenants.

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Housing Matters – February 2020

Housing Matters

CEOs Message

Welcome to our February 2020 edition of Housing Matters.

2020 is shaping as an important year for the community housing sector.  Over the last 5 years, we have grown significantly, providing more affordable and secure rental homes for low-income families and individuals across NSW.  Our challenge is to continue to grow – too many people are in housing stress or experiencing homelessness so our sector will continue to look for ways to alleviate housing stress for more families.  There is a role for Governments at all levels, for the community housing sector, the private sector and the financial sector to work together to provide more innovative solutions to the enduring challenge of meeting unmet housing need.

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Housing Matters – January 2020

Housing Matters

CEOs Message

Welcome to our first edition of Housing Matters for 2020.

In what promises to be an exciting and important year for our sector, we are looking forward to working with our members and stakeholders to build an even stronger community housing sector.

New developments will be a key focus of CHIA’s Community Housing Conference across March 31st to April 1st. Our theme’s for the year’s conference is Community. Growth. Opportunity.

This will be an important time for NSW Community Housing Providers, industry leaders and State and Local Government representatives to meet and discuss how we can build our sector in 2020.

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Housing Matters – November 2019

Housing Matters

CEOs Message

Welcome to the November issue of Housing Matters.

This month is of course AGM season and it has been great to watch so many of the community housing providers report such fantastic results, most importantly in terms of how they have continued to grow and help more low-income families across NSW obtain safe, secure and affordable housing.  With more than 50,000 properties across the State, the sector is now a critical part of the social and affordable housing framework.  Our collective job is to work to continue to grow as the demand for housing is also increasing and too many individuals and families don’t yet have a place to call home that they can afford.

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Housing Matters – October 2019

Housing Matters

CEO Report

Welcome to the October edition of Housing Matters.

CHIA NSW and its members are working hard with partners in Government and the private sector to reduce the number of NSW low-income families in housing stress.  The challenge is a big one – with considerable unmet demand for low-income housing in communities across the State.  The community housing sector will continue to use all the resources it can to meet this challenge, because whilst we build, own and manage houses, what we are most focused on is providing homes to people.  Community housing providers own or manage more than 50,000 homes across NSW, and we are proud of the work we do in helping low-income families to find secure and affordable housing.

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Housing Matters September 2019

Housing Matters

CEO Report

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters – another busy month for the community housing sector.

Last week, we held a fantastic CHIA Exchange with more than 100 participants across the sector participating on the day across several separate work streams – more details are below.

In other sector news, Hume Housing has completed its Social Housing Management Transfer of 2,200 properties and officially opened its new regional office in Maitland earlier this month – congratulations to all the team at Hume for their fantastic work on the transfer.

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ACHIA Newsletter September 2019

Strategic Planning Day

We recently held our strategic planning day with the ACHIA committee and had Justin Noel from Origin communications facilitate the day. All the feedback from consultations held with ACHIA members helped to enhance the direction of the day.

Once we have the finalized strategic plan we will be consulting with members from the northern, southern and western region to see if we have captured everything that was said.

ACHIA Central and Western Aboriginal Community Housing Provider Forum

On the 19th September we will be holding our 2nd ACHIA Central and Western Aboriginal Community Housing Provider Forum any ACHPs or LALCs who wish to attend please let us know so we can cater on the day and add you to the email list. This forum gives us a chance to get together and discuss housing related topics and help inform each other about what is happening in the sector.

Contact: Chadr@communityhousing.org.au or Ph.  0438 038 269

CHIA Exchange Dates

CHIA NSW hosts a series of member events as a key part of the services we provide to the community housing sector in NSW. In the last twelve months, these events have included two CHIA Exchanges, the Good Growth Housing Conference, the NSW Aboriginal Housing Caucus, several report and toolkit launches and a diverse range of smaller workshops both in Sydney and our regional areas. These events are pivotal to our role of assisting NSW housing providers to develop and maintain their services as well as to help build skills and capacities within their own organisations.

The CHIA Exchange is a regular sector wide opportunity for all CHIA NSW members to hear from industry leaders regarding sector innovation and policy updates. It also provides a forum to share ideas and networking opportunities.

As part of a review of member feedback and support for the CHIA Exchange, we have considered how the Exchanges are delivering on member expectations and needs.
We are delighted to advise that this year we have changed the format of the CHIA Exchange to make it easier for more of our members and their staff to attend.

There will be three CHIA Exchanges this year as follows:
Tuesday 24th September, 2019 (Networks: Asset Managers, Operations Managers, Planning & Development, Community Development, CHP Aboriginal Staff Network, Emerging Leaders)

Wednesday 12 February, 2020 (Networks: Asset Managers, Operations Managers, NDIS, CHP Aboriginal Staff Network, Emerging Leaders)

Wednesday 10th June, 2020 (Networks: Asset Managers, Operations Managers, Planning & Development, Community Development, CHP Aboriginal Staff Network, Emerging Leaders)

Venue: Rydges Central Sydney, 28 Albion Street.

As usual, entry is provided free to staff of CHIA NSW full members, with any non-members charged a small fee to attend where appropriate.

Registrations for the September event are open now via this link. We will send a link for registrations to the 2020 events closer to the date. For any information regarding the CHIA Ex, please contact Annette at annetteb@communityhousing.org.au

Last chance- complete survey on Capacity Building for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers by this Friday

Please help us by completing this important survey.  It will take no more than five minutes.  The survey asks you if you have any further training or support needs to help you get ready for the National Regulatory System for Community Housing or the NSW Local Scheme (NRSCH / NSW LS)

The survey also asks about the capacity building program run by CHIA NSW in 2018 and 2019.

Your views are essential to the development of the sector and we would be very grateful if you could take a little time to provide your feedback.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Paula Coghill at
paulac@communityhousing.org.au

Still time to join the peak body 

The purpose of ACHIA is to be the industry body for Registered Aboriginal Community Housing Providers in NSW and in doing so, to:

• promote the human rights of all Aboriginal people in NSW to decent, affordable and secure housing;
• promote the right of all Aboriginal people to self-determination, including the right to choose a culturally appropriate social landlord;
• develop and support public policy which promotes a more just housing system for Aboriginal people in NSW;
• in partnership with counterpart organisations across Australia, develop and promote policy at a national level for housing justice and self-determination for Aboriginal people;
•  support the development of best practice in the provision of housing for Aboriginal people by encouraging networking and collaboration between Aboriginal Community Housing Providers; and
• support the provision of culturally appropriate housing by mainstream community housing providers.

ACHIA has been actively advocating and representing through various fora to ensure the voice of Aboriginal Community Housing is being heard and now have established ongoing relationships with our key stakeholders.

Continuing work will include;

  • Chairing of the Aboriginal Housing Office, Aboriginal Social Housing Strategy (ASHS) Peak Reference Group established to support the AHO in the development of the sector investment strategy, priorities and other support initiatives
  • Co-Host of the Aboriginal Housing Caucus 2019
  • Member forums to gather feedback and help shape the future path for ACHIA
  • FACS Aboriginal Outcomes in Housing Working Group (AOIH)

Join now for your free Membership and get access to CHIA NSW member benefits as well  
(Please note voting rights to Community Housing Industry Association NSW are reserved for CHIA  NSW full members )

Please see all form link below on becoming an ACHIA member

ACHIA membership form

Housing Matters August 2019

Housing Matters

CEO Report

Welcome to the August edition of Housing Matters. You will notice that we have changed the format and presentation of Housing Matters to make it easier to access on smartphones and tablets. This is the first step in improving the access to the newsletter – more changes will be coming over the coming months to allow you to access Housing Matters wherever you are and not miss out on the important sector news each month.

In this edition, CHIA NSW is delighted to announce the dates of our CHIA Exchanges for the financial year ahead.  With a shorter format, CHIA NSW is looking forward to the Exchanges once again delivering fantastic learning and networking opportunities for our members and partners.

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Housing Matters July 2019

Housing Matters

CEO Report

Community housing providers have been in the news this month with Hume Community Housing signing a MOU with the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and Tharawal Aboriginal Housing Corporation to work together to improve housing and social outcomes across South West Sydney. I was fortunate to be able to attend the ceremony and it was a great celebration of community and the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work. More details on the partnership are below – congratulations to all.

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Housing Matters June 2019

Housing Matters

CEO Report

The community housing sector has seen some welcome news this month with NHFIC announcing the launch of its Capacity Building Program which we hope will help support our ability to deliver more social and affordable housing in the community. More details on the program are provided below.

CHIA NSW also welcomes the Premier’s statement that homelessness is one of the areas that will receive her priority focus.

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