Our Affordable Housing program is subject to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
NRAS is a long term commitment by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories, to invest in affordable rental housing.
The Scheme commenced in 2008 to address the shortage of affordable rental housing by offering financial incentives to persons or entities such as the business sector and community organisations to build and rent dwellings to low and moderate income households at a rate that is at least 20 per cent below the market value rent.
NRAS aims to:
- increase the supply of new affordable rental housing
- reduce rental costs for low and moderate income households
- encourage large-scale investment and innovative delivery of affordable housing
If you wish to be eligible for NRAS Housing, the household income eligibility limits that apply are set by the Australian Department of Social Services. To find out the household eligibility limits and to find out more about NRAS housing, click here to navigate to the Australian Government NRAS website.
What type of affordable properties are available?
Our Affordable housing portfolio consists of 2 bedroom properties located in the Northern Metropolitan area. These properties currently house people over 50 and those with complex disability and health issues.
How is Rent Calculated?
Rent is charged and reviewed in accordance with the respective program agreements, policies and guidelines. However, in general terms, affordable housing tenants pay rent set at no more than 30% of their gross household income with a maximum rent of no more than 80% of the Market Rent for the property.
Am I eligible for Affordable Housing?
To be eligible for Affordable Housing you need to:
- be 18 years of age
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
- be a current resident of SA
- meet the gross income threshold based on your household as set by the Department of Social Services (DSS)
Information for existing and potential tenants is available on the NRAS website:
When vacancies arise, suitable registrants are shortlisted from the Community Housing Customer Register (CHCR). Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview with our Tenancy Officers to reassess their housing needs, the suitability of the property and the applicant’s compatibility with the immediate community. Selected registrants will be provided with an opportunity to view the property before a formal housing offer is made for them to consider.
Before a formal housing offer is made registrants will be required to provide proof of income, assets and any other supporting documentation to verify that they still meet the eligibility criteria for community housing and confirm their category of needs is accurate at the time of allocation.