More homes for Community Housing Providers
The Northern territory (NT) Government is imagining a new beginning for community housing in the Territory.
Community Housing Providers (CHP) are not-for-profit organisations that manage social and affordable housing and undertake all asset and tenancy management. They have a strong track record of providing high-quality tenancy management and achieving overall high levels of tenant satisfaction. They also have a commitment to achieving broader social welfare objectives and often provide tenants with specialised services and contribute to improved neighbourhood amenity.
To grow this sector in the Territory, we’re developing a Community Housing Growth Strategy and undertaking economic modelling to inform how we transfer up to 40 per cent of urban public housing to community housing providers by 2030.
However, work to grow the sector is already well underway. This month we transferred 12 public housing units to TeamHEALTH, a registered CHP who will deliver a high level of service for tenants. In addition to traditional landlord responsibilities, TeamHEALTH will offer bespoke mental health, relationship and employment support.
We know housing plays a key role in broader welfare outcomes such as health and education. Providing vulnerable Territorians with quality housing and supports not only benefits them, but also has flow on effects for the wider community.
Other initiatives to grow community housing include:
- $7 million for Venture Housing to supply 41 affordable homes across the Territory
- appointing Wendy Morton as the NT Registrar of Community Housing
- funding Aboriginal Housing NT as the NT’s first Aboriginal housing peak body to advocate on housing issues and support the growth of the Aboriginal housing sector
- awarded asset and tenancy management of 57 Affordable housing dwellings in Alice Springs to Community Housing Central Australia
- Releasing an Expressions of Interest for a CHP to undertake future asset and tenancy management of the soon to be completed John Stokes Square social housing complex
- releasing the Community Housing Growth Strategy Discussion Paper
- providing grants to Life Without Barriers and Carpentaria Disability Services to construct four Specialist Disability Accommodation dwellings.