The role of housing associations in managing low-rent housing

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					The role of housing associations
 in managing low-rent housing
                   Adam Farrar
       NSW Federation of Housing Associations

  Presentation to affordable housing forum, Mollymook,
                    4 November 2004
                   Overview
•   What are housing associations?
•   Associations on the South Coast
•   A track record in affordable housing
•   Managing tenancies
•   Working in partnership
•   Affordable housing & local communities
What are housing associations?
• Locally based not-for-profit professional
  housing managers
• Small to medium size businesses
  managing between 40 & 1,000 units of
  housing
• House a range of households from very
  low income to moderate income; from
  those with special support needs to ‘key
  workers’
What are housing associations?
• 45 associations across the State
• Associations are independently accredited
• This year they will be covered by a new
  registration system
• Financed through government funding, fee-for
  service management, joint ventures
 Associations in the South East
• The Housing Trust – Illawarra
• Queanbeyan Community Housing
• Shoalhaven Community Housing - Nowra
• Eurabodalla Community Housing –
  Bateman’s Bay
• Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme – Bega
A track record in affordable housing
• There are a couple of specialist ‘affordable
  housing’ providers
• But a number have been managing affordable
  housing for ten years
• A number of others have been managing
  affordable housing required by planning
  instruments on behalf of local government
• Major new development initiatives in Victoria
         Managing tenancies
• Associations are specialist tenancy managers
• Neither councils nor developers are likely to
  want to carry the tenancy management risk
• Associations are increasingly managing
  housing on behalf of other agencies
• Strong expertise in creating sustainable social
  mix amongst tenancies
       Working in partnership
• Affordable housing is most often developed
  as a partnership between, councils,
  developers & housing managers
• Associations are skilled at forming
  partnerships with a range of agencies –
  support providers, government, private sector
• Accreditation and publicly available
  registration information provides assurance to
  partners
     Affordable housing and local
             communities
• The main reason for affordable housing is to
  maintain community cohesion
• Many ‘moderate’ income households will have
  broken work patterns and may need support to
  stay connected
• Housing associations have a track record in
  community development & in flexible housing
  management and support