Social and Affordable Housing Fund

The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) Phase 1 is a key component of Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW and will assist to deliver a more diversified, flexible, innovative and contestable social housing system.

The NSW Government launched SAHF Phase 1 with an Industry Briefing in December 2015. SAHF Phase 1 seeks proposals from entities and groups of entities interested in contributing to the delivery of access to 3,000 additional social and affordable homes in metropolitan and regional NSW, together with integrated support services.

SAHF Phase 1 will establish service agreements of up to 25 years that comprise access to accommodation, along with tenancy and asset management, coordinating access to social support programs and services and data collection.

SAHF Phase1 has a two stage process:

  1. An invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI process commenced in January 2016 and the evaluation process for the EOI was completed at the end of April 2016. Shortlisted applicants were announced by the Minister for Social Housing on 2 May 2016 (see Strong interest in $1.1 billion social and affordable housing boost).
  2. A Request for Proposal. The Request for Proposal process for shortlisted EOI applicants commenced in early May 2016 and contracts are expected to be awarded for successful proposals in November 2016.

SAHF Phase 1 is being implemented by a dedicated project team established within the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) with staff from FACS and Treasury NSW.

Any further inquiries regarding SAHF phase 1 should be directed to sahf@facs.nsw.gov.au.

SAHF Phase 1 projects will be supported by the investment proceeds of a dedicated fund (SAHF NSW) established by Treasury NSW. The Government has contributed $1.1 billion in seed capital to SAHF NSW.

The SAHF has been designed with support and input from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) and the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS), who were signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NSW Government in March 2015.