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Partnering with community housing providers

Organisations such as private developers, councils, church-based groups and co-operatives can partner with community housing providers to develop affordable housing. Partnerships bring together key components such as land, funding, development expertise and skills. Bringing together these components can result in the delivery of development projects which no partner could achieve individually.

Community housing providers can also manage affordable housing properties on behalf of organisations, individuals and consortiums.

There are a number of factors to consider before partnering with a community housing provider. All community housing providers are organisations that provide housing for people on a very low, low or moderate incomes or people with additional needs. These organisations are not-for-profit and most community housing providers focus their operations within a particular geographic region.

When selecting a provider ensure it is an organisation registered with the national regulatory body . To achieve and maintain registration a provider must satisfy the Registrar that it is performing in accordance with the requirements of the National Regulatory System for community housing.

Registration is designed to provide assurance for a viable and diverse sector, that delivers quality outcomes for tenants and in which investors and partners can have confidence. The Registrar categorises community housing providers into three groups or tiers.

Tier 1 providers are the largest organisations that in addition to property and tenancy management offer development expertise. Many private developers and individuals already have successful and ongoing partnerships with community housing providers.

There are 131 providers registered whose primary operations are in NSW and these organisations house more than 29,000 households. The organisations range from small local housing providers to large enterprises with major assets.

Community housing providers manage their tenancies and client entitlements in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and their own individual policies.

Information about the National Regulatory System for Community Housing, as well as a full list of registered community housing providers in NSW, is available at Registrar's website.

The Community Housing Branch is a business unit of DCJ.  The Community Housing Branch is the primary relationship and contract manager of community housing providers in NSW.

Community housing providers interested in partnership opportunities

Many registered community housing providers are interested in discussing partnership opportunities for developing affordable housing, including the providers listed in the Table below.

If your organisation is interested in exploring partnership opportunities with community housing providers, please contact the provider directly.

Community housing providers interested in partnership opportunities

Organisation Operating Area
Amelie Housing South West Sydney, Newcastle
Argyle Community Housing South West Sydney, South Western NSW
BaptistCare NSW&ACT Inner West, South West Sydney, Hunter, Central Coast,  Far North Coast, Blue Mts, Southern Highlands
BlueCHP Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Western NSW, Southern NSW
Bridge Housing Sydney
Common Equity NSW Sydney, North Coast NSW, Southern NSW
Community Housing Limited Sydney, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Far North Coast, Illawarra, Shoalhaven
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, North Coast, Western NSW
Evolve Housing Sydney
Homes North Community Housing Company Ltd New England
Homes Out West South West NSW
Housing Plus NSW Central West
Hume Community Housing South Western Sydney, Western Sydney, North West Sydney
Illawarra Housing Trust Illawarra
Link Housing North and North West Sydney
Lithgow Community Housing Inc Western NSW
Metro Housing Sydney
Mission Australia Housing Western Sydney, Southern Sydney, Mid North Coast
North Coast Community Housing Northern NSW
On Track Northern NSW
Pacific Link Housing Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast
Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme Inc South Coast
Southern Cross Community Housing Illawarra, South Coast, South West NSW
St George Community Housing Limited South West Sydney, Inner Western Sydney
Wentworth Community Housing Western Sydney, Blue Mountains
Women’s Housing Company Southern Sydney, Western Sydney
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Last updated: 21 Nov 2022