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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.

 

Supply, quality of affordable housing to improve following latest transfer announcement

AnglicareSA has welcomed the State Government's announcement that 4000 public housing properties will be transferred to Tier 1 community housing providers. CEO...

AnglicareSA has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that 4000 public housing properties will be transferred to Tier 1 community housing providers.

CEO Peter Sandeman said AnglicareSA is a strong advocate for affordable community housing and the latest transfer announcement means more individuals and families on low incomes will have access to affordable homes.

It will also provide opportunities for the renewal of many of the properties, which will ultimately improve the quality of the accommodation for tenants.

“AnglicareSA Housing successfully tendered for 479 properties in the Elizabeth Grove and Elizabeth Vale area as part of the first round of transfers in late 2015,” Peter said.

“Since the transfer, AnglicareSA has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from tenants in terms of the improvements made to their properties, the services offered and the response to maintenance requests.

“Our vision when we took over management of these properties was to create an engaged, vibrant and safe community with proud tenants, and we’re already noticing this vision becoming a reality.

“AnglicareSA Housing is well and truly part of the Elizabeth Grove and Elizabeth Vale area. We have developed strong personal relationships with our tenants to ensure that we meet their needs and support them in being part of their local community.”

As a Tier 1 community housing provider AnglicareSA Housing will be applying to manage some of the 4000 properties to be transferred.

“We see this as an excellent opportunity to provide current and new tenants with tenancy, property and asset management services, but it’s also an opportunity for an agency such as AnglicareSA to assist with community development,” Peter said.

“Tenants would have access to a range of AnglicareSA services should they need it at any stage and we’re always listening to and taking on board their suggestions when it comes to different initiatives and improvements.”

For more information about AnglicareSA housing visit www.anglicaresa.com.au/housing

Rental affordability remains at concerning levels

South Australians living on low incomes are continuing to struggle to find affordable rental properties, results from the latest Anglicare Rental Affordability...

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South Australians living on low incomes are continuing to struggle to find affordable rental properties, results from the latest Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot shows.

The snapshot showed that of the 3942 private rentals advertised across Adelaide on 1 April, only 157 or 4 per cent of the houses were appropriate and affordable for households on income support.

AnglicareSA CEO The Rev’d Peter Sandeman said the disappointing results highlight continual inaction to address affordable housing options for low income households.

“The annual snapshot has been conducted for seven years now and we’re seeing an ongoing pattern of housing unaffordability being at crisis levels for people living on low incomes across the Adelaide area. This includes workers on low incomes, retirees and people on benefits,” Rev’d Sandeman said.

“It is an issue that both sides of politics should be addressing and the results of our latest survey show that the situation isn’t improving. With the current level of job losses and uncertainty, I fear the lack of affordable housing situation will only get worse.

“We don’t want to continually see people seeking our help because they’re having to make the tough choice between paying their rent or putting food on the table and we don’t want to see more homeless families because they can’t find a house they can afford to rent.”

“Action must be taken with a coordinated, systemic and broad approach to addressing housing affordability.”

AnglicareSA is calling for a national plan for affordable housing, which includes the following key priority areas:

  • Reform the tax system to support cheaper rental housing and reward investments in social and affordable housing.
  • Supply a mix of housing that meets the different needs of people across the housing continuum.
  • Grow the supply of social housing through support for tier 1 community housing providers.

The snapshot, conducted by the Australian Centre for Community Services Research for AnglicareSA, also revealed appropriate and affordable rental accommodation was in extremely short supply for households on income support as a whole category.

It showed that of the 14 household types considered, there was no accommodation available for seven groups, including a single person aged over 18 on a youth or Newstart allowance, a single person on the aged pension, and a single person with a young child on either a Parenting Payment Single or Newstart allowance.

Only 2 per cent of properties were affordable for couples on Newstart allowance with two children and 3 per cent of properties were available to couples on the Age Pension with no children.

Just 1 per cent of properties were available to a single parent on Parenting Payment with two children.

It also revealed that 1678 or 43 per cent of houses were affordable to rent for households on a minimum wage.

Rev’d Sandeman said AnglicareSA currently provides accommodation to nearly 1200 low income households.

“It’s important that all levels of government and the community services sector work together to identify ways to increase the opportunity for people on lower incomes to have a suitable and stable roof over their heads,” Rev’d Sandeman said.

“This gives people safety, security and a stable base from which to study, gain employment and have the very best opportunity to achieve their goals.”

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