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What is affordable rental housing?

Affordable rental housing is housing available to very low to moderate income households which is priced so that these households are also able to meet other basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, energy, medical care and education.

Affordable housing may include a range of accommodation types and sizes, including single or multibedroom units, houses and studio apartments. It is usually priced at less than market rent. It is only available in some locations and applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Affordable rental housing in NSW is usually managed by a registered community housing provider.

Many people need affordable rental housing for lots of different reasons, including people who work full - or part-time in lower paying jobs. Affordable housing may also be useful for people who are going through a change in their lives which effects their financial situation - such as having a baby, getting a divorce or leaving home for the first time, as well as people receiving a government pension or benefit.

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Last updated: 15 Apr 2024