Lismore Council offers $3.5 million for Affordable Housing

Lismore City Council has called for expressions of interest from housing providers, community organisations and/or private developers for partnerships to deliver $3.5 million worth of affordable and key worker housing in Lismore. Expressions of interest close at 2pm on Thursday, 29 March 2018.

The funding is from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program, which provided $5 million to Council in 2016 to achieve more affordable housing options across the city.

Council offered 200 grants of $20,000 for residents to purchase and build homes on new land releases, however, less than a quarter of the available fund was used.

Strategic Planning Coordinator Paula Newman said Council has now decided to use the remaining funds to enter into one or more partnerships to build affordable housing with community housing providers, private developers or any other organisations or individual with an interest and experience in housing.

She said Council was looking for innovative ideas and housing models, from a tiny homes estate to small unit developments that champion best-practice sustainability and renewable energy.

Interested parties are required to register at Council’s eProcurement portal to access relevant documents. Submissions may also be lodged at this site in the electronic tender box. All tender schedules must be completed for submission of a conforming tender.

For more information or to discuss a proposal, phone Paula on 1300 87 83 87. If you experience any difficulties with accessing the above website, phone the Tenderlink helpdesk on 1800 233 533.

Ready for Growth: Affordable Housing Supply Solutions

Join The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) for its first national one-day conference for 2018 – Ready for Growth: Affordable Housing Supply Solutions. The Conference will be held at the Rex Hotel in Canberra on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

This national one-day conference will be underpinned by the findings from the AHURI Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply which has examined how governments at all levels have sought to increase affordable housing supply. The conference will explore a range of successful state government affordable housing strategies; what community housing providers can do to build their capacity and their housing portfolios and the importance of collaboration and integration between community housing providers and government as well as the private sector.

Visit the conference website for details.

Expressions of Interest open for Lismore City Council Affordable Housing Partnerships

Expressions of interest now open from suitably experienced and qualified housing providers, community organisations and/or private developers to partner with Lismore City Council to deliver affordable and key worker housing outcomes in Lismore

Interested parties are required to register at Council’s eProcurement portal, to access relevant documents. Submissions may also be lodged at this site in the electronic tender box. All tender schedules must be completed for submission of a conforming tender.

Expression of Interest closing date and time: 2.00p.m. Thursday, 29 March 2018.

If you experience any difficulties with accessing the above web site or require further information, please call the Tenderlink helpdesk on 1800 233 533.


Social Enterprise Announces $500,000 Funding for Social and Affordable Housing

Social enterprise Homes for Homes has launched its first-ever funding round for projects that increase the supply of social and affordable housing, with $500,000 up for grabs, Pro Bono News reports.

Homes for Homes (HFH) is an initiative of The Big Issue, established to create a new and sustainable funding stream for social and affordable housing in Australia.

The organisation raises funds through donations from property sales, with homeowners and property stakeholders voluntarily registering with HFH and agreeing to donate 0.1 per cent of their property’s sale price to the initiative.

This legal mechanism remains binding on registered property titles, ensuring donations are collected each time the property is sold.

On Monday, HFH released $300,000 of funding in Victoria and $200,000 of funding in the ACT, which HFH CEO Steven Persson said was a significant milestone for the social enterprise.

“With initial support for Homes for Homes far exceeding our expectations, we are delighted to release the first funds ahead of schedule,” Persson said.

“Everyone has the right to safe and secure accommodation, yet we know more than 105,000 people are without a home and 1.5 million households live in housing stress. No one government, organisation or individual can close this gap alone.

“Thankfully, as the response to Homes for Homes has shown, there’s an enormous appetite in the Australian community to collectively fix this problem.”

Read more at Pro Bono News.


Join the special 30 Years of Sleepout Celebration

On a cold winter’s night in 1988, a small but passionate group of Mission Australia (then known as Sydney City Mission) staff huddled together in the Sydney CBD for the first ever Sleepout.

Their goal was to raise awareness about Australia’s growing homelessness problem, and raise funds to support children, adults and families who didn’t have a safe place to rest their heads.

They could never have dreamed that in 2018 Mission Australia would be celebrating 30 years of the Sleepout, after raising more than $3 million and helping over five million disadvantaged Australians since that night.

Join the special 30 Years of Sleepout celebration. This is your chance to continue the tradition started by those pioneering social justice warriors three decades ago, and support the vital work Mission Australia has been doing with Australians in need for more than 155 years.

The Sleepout encourages people across the country to get sponsored for spending a night somewhere that isn’t their usual sleeping place, such as a classroom or office, school or church hall, or outside.

Hosting a Sleepout is a great way for you to make a positive impact in the community by raising awareness and critically needed funds for vital homelessness services

Want to get involved but don’t want to sleep out? No worries! Why not host a 1988-themed party, collect a gold coin donation, hold a morning tea, or come up with a creative idea of your own?

RSVP today for the 30 Years of Sleepout celebrations to access all the resources you need. For more information, please call Georgia Carter on (02) 9217 1074 or email [email protected].


New Data Reveals Urgent Action Required to Address Homelessness in NSW

New Data Reveals Urgent Action Required to Address Homelessness in NSW

Urgent action is required to address the growing demand for homelessness services – in 2016/17 over 74,000 clients were supported by homelessness services in New South Wales according to data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Three homelessness peaks have added their voices to the demand for action, with Homelessness NSW, Yfoundations and Domestic Violence NSW releasing a joint media release.

Homelessness services are contracted to deliver services to 57,000 clients each year and so are supporting 30% more clients than the system is designed, and funded, for.

This is a 43% increase from 2013-14 figures and a 6% increase from 2015/16 figures.

And, homelessness services in NSW are increasingly unable to provide crisis and other accommodation due to services being full, with 2 in 5 clients not receiving any form of accommodation despite requesting it.

This situation is due to the chronic lack of affordable housing in NSW. There are 60,000 people on the social housing waiting list across NSW and according to the Anglicare 2017 Rental Snapshot only 1% of private rentals are affordable for people on low incomes across the greater Sydney region.

The lack of long term accommodation is also impacting on outcomes for clients. Two thirds of clients at the end of support who were homeless prior to accessing a service have no long term accommodation.

“This is the second year of data since the homelessness reforms undertaken 2015 and it confirms the untenable demand for homelessness services in NSW,” said Katherine McKernan, CEO of Homelessness NSW.

“The figures also highlight the impact of the housing affordability crisis in New South Wales on the most vulnerable. Homelessness will continue to rise unless governments urgently invest in the social housing system, take action to make private rentals affordable and appropriately resource homelessness services to meet the current demand.”

Action is also required to address domestic and family violence in NSW. The AIHW data shows a continued increase in the number of clients seeking assistance due to domestic and family violence with over 22,000 people seeking assistance in 2016/17.

This is a 55% increase since 2013/14 and an 11% increase from 2015/16 figures.

Click to read the full statement:1617 AIHWMedia Release


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