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NEW APPOINTMENT: Peter Sandeman

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 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.

Major Housing Transfer to Create More Affordable Housing for Adelaide’s West

Creating safe, vibrant and engaged communities is at the centre of a recent government housing transfer to AnglicareSA in Woodville. Today Premier Jay Weatherill...

Creating safe, vibrant and engaged communities is at the centre of a recent government housing transfer to AnglicareSA in Woodville.

Today Premier Jay Weatherill will officially open AnglicareSA’s new tenancy offices at Kilkenny, before the final management transition to AnglicareSA on 23 September.

The Housing SA parcel, which will includes 737 homes in the Woodville region, has been awarded to AnglicareSA by Renewal SA as a part of the Renewing Our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) housing transfer.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said that the transfer represented an opportunity to connect communities and provide a holistic approach to social housing services.

“Our services aren’t simply about providing housing but working with tenants to build a vibrant, sustainable community,” Peter said.

“Building on the success of our existing tenancies across Adelaide , we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Woodville residents.In addition to our tenancy service, we will support collective impact initiatives and connections to multiple services, including children’s programs, financial counselling and home care services for our tenants.”

Premier Jay Weatherill said that working with recognised community housing providers, such as AnglicareSA, increased the availability of social and affordable housing in South Australia.

“Through our partnership with AnglicareSA, we can build a stronger support system for South Australians on lower incomes”, Jay said. “With housing growth and renewal in existing suburbs, close to the services everyone needs, we are creating healthy, affordable and liveable neighbourhoods.”

AnglicareSA Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 housing provider, recognised for providing quality, local and personalised community housing services.

AnglicareSA Wins Big at Australian Housing Institute Awards

AnglicareSA’s Bowden Rent-To-Buy Scheme has won the Australian Housing Institute’s Leading Housing Development award. The award was presented at the Australian...

AnglicareSA’s Bowden Rent-To-Buy Scheme has won the Australian Housing Institute’s Leading Housing Development award. The award was presented at the Australian Housing Institute’s Professional Excellence in Housing Awards reception on Tuesday night.

The Bowden Rent-to-Buy Scheme, which is a partnership between AnglicareSA Housing (ASHA) and Oryx Property, provides a unique opportunity for people on low incomes to break out of the rental cycle and own their own home.

The innovative model provides 10 tenants with the option to purchase a high quality, two-bedroom apartment in a desirable inner urban community in 2021 at 2014 prices. In the meantime, they pay a reduced rent to assist in saving to pay the property purchase deposit. During that five-year period, ASAH pays all building outgoing costs including body corporate fees, management, maintenance, council and SA Water base rates.

Tenants are supported by ASAH’s comprehensive 24/7 tenancy management services and the wide range of assistance available through AnglicareSA. There was considerable interest in the initial offer (772 website visits, 44 registrations of interest) and the successful applicants (7 singles, 3 families) moved into their new apartments in mid-2016.

At the awards, we also received a Highly Commended in the Leading Innovation category: Sustaining Complex Tenancies.

The recognition in this category was based on AnglicareSA Housing’s willingness to go beyond the legal tenancy framework in supporting tenants to maintain their tenancy and provide them with access to a range of other AnglicareSA services.

AnglicareSA Housing’s highly trained tenancy officers ensure their tenants understand their rights and obligations clearly, assist them to organise Centrelink rent assistance and to pay their rent through the Centrepay facility or by direct credit from their bank account. Our tenancy officers also discuss with tenants any difficulties they may be experiencing and work with them to successfully manage these.

Well done to the AnglicareSA Housing team and congratulations to all of the award winners on the night.

Single people locked out of private rental market

If you’re a single person on income support and looking for a private rental across Adelaide’s metropolitan area, there’s almost no chance you’ll be able...

If you’re a single person on income support and looking for a private rental across Adelaide’s metropolitan area, there’s almost no chance you’ll be able to find a house according to the findings of Anglicare’s latest Rental Affordability Snapshot (RAS).

The results of the survey highlighted that of the 3,661 private rentals advertised on the day the snapshot was taken, only 62 or 1.7% were affordable and appropriate for a single person on income support. Only 1,536 or 42% were affordable and appropriate for households on the minimum wage.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said the snapshot showed the massive challenge faced by many people in the community who were trying to access the private rental market in Adelaide.

“This year’s results are not at all surprising. In fact, they are telling us what agencies like AnglicareSA see and hear every day and that’s housing unaffordability is at crisis levels for Adelaide’s low income earners,” Peter said.

“All household types which rely on an income support payment had access to 134 properties or less than 3.6% of the rental market, which is 0.4% lower than when the snapshot was taken in 2016. The concerning and unfortunate reality is that if you’re a person who relies on income support and you want to access the private rental market, then there is very little hope.

“Compounding the problem is that the snapshot found there were also 281 fewer properties on the day we conducted the survey compared to 2016.

“Every single person in our community has the right to live in a place that is suitable to their needs and they can call home. Having a home gives individuals and families security; it improves job opportunities and gives a sense of stability.”

Now in its eighth year, the annual RAS surveys rental properties available in the Adelaide metropolitan area on a given day using listings from realestate.com.au. The properties are then assessed for affordability and appropriateness for 14 different household types and incomes.

This year’s survey was undertaken on 2 April, 2017.

Peter said South Australia currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and with more job losses to come as the manufacturing industry closes, urgent and drastic action should be a top priority for all levels of government.

“We need to be making home ownership easier for individuals and families on lower incomes and this can be achieved by reducing tax concessions for investors, such as capital gains tax and negative gearing,” Peter said.

Further to this, AnglicareSA is calling for a national plan for social and affordable housing, which includes:

  1. Growing the supply of social housing; and
  2. Supply a mix of housing that meets the different needs of people.

 

Download the South Australian report: SA Rental Affordability Snapshot 2017

The Anglicare nation Rental Affordability Snapshot can be downloaded at www.anglicare.asn.au

Healing Centre for Adelaide’s homeless a step closer

AnglicareSA will today announce a $1.6 million investment to create its Healing Centre for Adelaide’s homeless in the city. The announcement, to be made at...

AnglicareSA will today announce a $1.6 million investment to create its Healing Centre for Adelaide’s homeless in the city.

The announcement, to be made at the Don Dunstan Foundation’s Addressing Homelessness Conference, will also outline AnglicareSA’s plans for the centre which will help reduce homelessness by providing people with a safe place to sleep.

“We have been working for well over a year now on a specific plan to address homelessness in the CBD, which is a complicated and challenging issue,” AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said.

“Over many years there have been several initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness, but unfortunately these have been short-term fixes.

“The Healing Centre will give homeless people a safe place to stay and deliver long-term, sustainable outcomes. It will help the homeless to transition away from homelessness, because a journey to a safe place is everyone’s right.

“Our service delivery model will be directed by the individual. We want the person to tell us what they want, rather than us telling them what we believe they need and they will have access to a range of support programs.”

Peter said that AnglicareSA has just purchased a building in the CBD and the next step is to secure funding from third-parties to help with the building’s refurbishment and fit-out.

“We have invested $1.6 million into this important initiative and now we are calling for support from the private sector and community to help us raise at least $500,000 to make this building feel more like a home,” Peter said.

“This money will be spent on refurbishing internal structures inside the building and also furnishing the rooms.”  

AnglicareSA is currently seeking final council approvals for the site and communicating with neighbouring properties. It will announce the building’s exact location once these discussions have taken place and approvals received.