Housing Matters February 2020

CEO 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.

CHIA NSW is delighted to be hosting the upcoming 2020 Community Housing Conference where the sector and many stakeholders will come together to find and make the most of the opportunities that exist.  The conference provides us with a unique opportunity to bring together CHIA NSW members, stakeholders and Local and State government representatives.

Across our conference from March 31st to April 1st and through three key themes – Community. Growth. Opportunity. – we will be discussing our sector’s successes and challenges with some of its most important and influential voices.

If you haven’t registered yet there is a link below to do so.

Earlier this month we also held our first CHIA Exchange for 2020. Our CHIA Exchanges provide CHIA NSW members with a chance to get together, learn about new sector developments, and build partnerships for better tenant outcomes.

A focus this year will be increasing the variety of topics covered in our CHIA Exchanges. Early feedback from members on this decision has been positive.

The year has started at pace and it is fantastic to see so much work being done across the sector.  In this edition of Housing Matters we have updates on Bridge Housing’s ‘Bridge to Work’ program, new courses from the Centre for Training in Social Housing, NHFIC, and more.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Mark Degotardi


Don’t miss the Community Housing Conference 2020

Now is the time to register for CHIA NSW’s Community Housing Conference 2020.
This year’s featured speakers will include:

The Hon. Melinda Pavey, MP, NSW Minster for Water, Property and Housing
The Hon. Gareth Ward, MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
• John Brogden, CEO, Landcom
Jody Broun, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Office
Jane Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Property Council NSW
Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist, CSIRO
Nathan Dal Bon, CEO, NHFIC
Stephen Anthony, Chief Economist, Industry Super Australia
And many more

Over two days (March 31st – April 1st) we will be sharing the latest insights and developments in community housing.

Attendees can expect sessions that will spark new ideas and conversations for our sector, such as:

• Financing Future Housing
• Delivering Affordable Housing and Good Growth
• Telling Stories that Resonate
• Innovative Responses to Homelessness

Click here to register now.

CHIA Exchange wrap

On February 12th CHIA NSW hosted our first CHIA Exchange for 2020.

The CHIA Exchange is run a few times over the course of the year and brings industry leaders together to share insights and learnings from across the sector.

Our February Exchange focussed on expanding the number of themes available to attendees. Workshops were held on a wide array of topics including, planning and development, developing emerging Aboriginal leaders, NDIS, capacity building for regional providers, and building sustainable tenancies.

Thank you to all CHIA NSW members, industry partners, State and Local Government representatives who led, presented and participated across the day.

Attendee feedback from the day is currently being sourced and will be utilised to tailor our CHIA Exchange content further for specific member and industry needs.

New courses from the Centre for Training in Social Housing

The community housing sector in NSW now has over 100 Community Housing Provider members who manage 50,000 homes.
The rapid growth of our sector means there is a greater focus on capacity building and leadership.
As part of providing training to fulfil this demand for professional development the Centre for Training in Social Housing will be providing new programs, including:

• Introduction to Social Housing
• Leadership for Emerging Leaders
• NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

If you’re interested in undertaking these courses, please contact our Centre for Training in Social Housing staff form more information at [email protected].

A full list of available courses from the Centre can be viewed here.

Bridge Housing releases ‘Bridge to Work’ Evaluation Report

The ‘Bridge to Work’ Report reviewed a 15-month pilot program between Bridge Housing and CoAct and Bridge have released a full Evaluation Report on the program.

The program’s aim was to help social housing residents into employment.

80 residents participated with 39% finding employment and 9% taking up full-time study. The program achieved better results for sustained employment than a comparative control group.

The full report is available at the link below.

CHIA NSW would like to congratulate Bridge Housing on a successful pilot program and for successfully implementing innovative ways to build employment pathways for their tenants.

Karleen was one of the tenants who took part in the program. You can view her story in the video below.

Click here to view report. 

AHURI Mind Report released

In partnership with Mind, the Australian Housing and Research Urban Institute (AHURI) has released the research report ‘Trajectories: the interplay between housing and mental health pathways‘.

It reveals direct between psychological distress and financial hardship and eviction.
You can click on the adjacent picture to access the report.

In the Media

CHIA NSW discussed issues around affordable and social housing with ABC News in early February in response to Landcom’s redevelopment of the Queenscliff Community Health Centre into affordable housing.

Whilst agreeing that such developments were a step in the right direction, CHIA NSW called for the NSW State Government to go beyond low, optional affordable housing targets to meet the current unmet need for more than 200,000 new households in NSW.

You can read more about the Queenscliff development and CHIA NSW’s response at this link.

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Update – CHIA/NHFIC workshops

CHIA National and NHFIC have held the first two workshops in a series designed to assist CHPs to apply for NHFIC finance.

The workshops cover NHFIC’s two new financial models and how to apply for funding under the Capacity Building program.

The initial workshops were held in Sydney and Melbourne and also provided information useful for regulatory reporting.

The final workshop is in Brisbane on 5 March 2020, 11am-3pm.

Workshop Part 1: A refresher session on NHFIC finance including its Capacity Grant program

This session outlined each finance area, what types of development and tenure the grant can be used for, and the eligibility criteria for each.

To register for the final workshop in Brisbane, please email [email protected]. 

Dial-in options may also be available for people who are unable to attend in person.