Anglicare SA

Homelessness can happen to anyone.

You often hear it said that many people “are just one or two pays away from being homeless”. There is more to homelessness than people sleeping on park benches or in doorways.

For some it’s sleeping in a car. For others it’s sleeping on a friend’s couch or in the garage of a relative. This is the reality of life without a permanent home.

Worryingly we are seeing increasing numbers of employed people and older women entering into homelessness.

 

Financial stress and the cost of living are now higher than ever before. Working families are struggling to make rental or mortgage payments and are at risk of losing their home.

Housing affordability is a huge problem. There is a social and affordable housing crisis right across Australia. Without suitable and secure affordable rental properties, more and more individuals and families will end up with nowhere to call home.

Of course, housing is not the only problem. Poverty (particularly for those receiving Centrelink benefits), domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues are all major contributors to homelessness.

We must attack the problem on all fronts, including an urgent increase in the supply of social and affordable housing, tailored support services, and a multi-agency approach.

Adelaide has taken a lead role with its aim to become the first Australian city, and one of a handful in the world, to achieve functional zero homelessness. That means we are looking to act on the most visible form of homelessness first, rough sleeping, with the aim that on any given night, Adelaide would have enough accommodation to house all rough sleepers in the city.

The Adelaide Zero Project has already taken important steps, having met all those sleeping rough in the city in order to know them by name and have an understanding of each person’s specific circumstances and needs. This personal approach is seeing relationships built with the right service providers.

Existing and new housing options will be better utilised to move people on the by-name list into sustainable housing. Tier 1 housing providers such as AnglicareSA have commenced the process of sourcing and matching suitable housing with those in need.

Through the Zero Project, the community sector, business groups and all levels of Government are working together to end chronic street homelessness in Adelaide.

We welcome the effort of the 30-plus agencies dedicated to making this initiative a reality for Adelaide. We encourage others to add their support for this project which aims to not just reduce homelessness, but end it!

– Michelle Gegenhuber – AnglicareSA General Manager, Housing and Homelessness Services

Adelaide’s rental affordability is at crisis levels and it’s even worse if you are single.

A single person on income support has no chance of finding private rental accommodation across Adelaide’s metropolitan area, according to the findings of Anglicare’s latest Rental Affordability Snapshot.

The results of the survey highlighted that of the 3,222 private rentals advertised on the day the snapshot was taken, not even one was affordable and appropriate for a single person on income support.

Only 1,261 or 39 percent were affordable and appropriate for households on the minimum wage.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said the snapshot clearly demonstrates the huge challenge faced by many people in the community trying to access the private rental market in Adelaide.

“While the results do not make for happy reading, they are not at all surprising,” said Peter. “In fact, they are telling us what agencies like AnglicareSA see and hear every day and that’s housing affordability is at crisis levels for Adelaide’s low income earners and the situation is not improving.”

“The unfortunate reality is that if you rely on income support and you want to access the private rental market, then there is very little hope.”

The snapshot found that all household types relying on an income support payment had access to 123 properties, or 3.8 percent of the rental market, much the same as a year ago. However, difficulties for home-seekers are further compounded by the fact that there were 439 fewer properties on the day we conducted the survey compared to 2017.

The National Rental Affordability snapshot 

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income. It focuses on the Australian population who earn the least income – Commonwealth benefit recipients and minimum wage earners. Each year, Anglicare Australia agencies search local newspapers and real estate websites for rental accommodation across the country.

This years reports are available on the Anglicare Australia website.

In October 2015, as part of the State Government’s Better Places Stronger Communities (BPSC) initiative, AnglicareSA began the management of 479 dwellings in Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale.

The Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale management transfer is based on the principles of property, people and place. This means working as partners alongside our tenants and seeking to provide quality housing and housing pathways within vibrant and safe communities.

Since the Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale management transfer, AnglicareSA Housing’s dedicated team have been amongst the local community delivering the shared vision of a vibrant and engaged community.

Click here to read more about recent tenant events and initiatives in Elizabeth Grove/Elizabeth Vale.

Key Stats

  • 897 tenants
  • 479 Properties managed in Elizabeth Grove and Elizabeth Vale
  • 5000 plus visits to local office
  • $1.91 million spent on improvements and maintenance since October 2015
  • $381,000 spent on Affordable Living Initiatives
  • 91% Tenant Satisfaction Rate overall
  • 96% Tenant Satisfaction Rate Urgent repairs completed
  • 99% Occupancy rate
  • 71 community events
  • 1178 people engaged in 2016/2017

AnglicareSA Housing met with the community to find out how they feel about the work of AnglicareSA in Elizabeth Grove, watch the video here:

AnglicareSA Housing are delighted to announce that ac.care has recently merged their housing business and staff with our business.

This decision was in response to the significant changes to the community housing sector and will ensure we can continue to provide high quality housing services to our tenants.

ac.care and AnglicareSA have a long history of shared foundations, values and working collaboratively together and we are very excited to welcome our new regional team to AnglicareSA Housing.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said that the transfer aligns with the objectives of AnglicareSA Housing.

“AnglicareSA  is committed to the development and continuation of providing Community Housing in rural communities, and we are very pleased the transfer of the Housing business has been smooth. The transfer has been operational from 1 November 2017,” Peter said.

ac.care as an agency will still continue to provide to services to those in need in rural communities such as microfinance, homelessness services, foster care and family support.

 

The Adelaide Zero Project, an initiative aimed at ending street homelessness in Adelaide, has appointed Peter Sandeman, AnglicareSA CEO as its Co-chair alongside the CEO of Catherine House, Louise Miller-Frost. In this role, Peter will help the Adelaide Zero Project establish the South Australian capital as Australia’s first ‘zero homelessness city’.

The Adelaide CBD will join a select group of ‘vanguard cities’ on six continents to partner with the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) in setting ambitious but achievable goals to solve the problem of homelessness.

Launched in August at the Don Dunstan Foundation’s annual homelessness conference, The Adelaide Zero Project has adopted an approach to combating rough sleeping that has been successfully implemented by communities throughout the United States.

The project will reduce Adelaide’s homelessness rate to ‘functional zero’; a metric which indicates that a city’s homelessness services system is efficiently and effectively responding to street homelessness. In essence it’s about making sure that the system’s proven capacity to permanently house street sleepers is equal to or exceeds need or demand.

AnglicareSA has long been calling for a more coordinated and holistic approach to addressing chronic street homelessness in Adelaide.

“Mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence and housing services should work together to enable each person to move out of homelessness,” Peter said. “And The Zero Project will bring together the community sector, business groups, council and government agencies to end chronic street homelessness in Adelaide.”

“Sometimes chronic homeless people are labelled ‘service resistant’. International experience shows us that homeless people are not resistant to services. The problem is the services on offer are not what are needed.”

Institute of Global Homelessness

The Adelaide Zero Project is proudly supported by the Institute of Global Homelessness. The IGH works to support emerging global movements aimed at ending street homelessness. They work with a range of strategic partners across 150 cities to create a world where every single person has a place they can call home. The IGH is the first organisation to focus on homelessness as a global phenomenon with an emphasis on those who are living on the street or in emergency shelters.