About Community Housing
Community housing is rental accommodation provided primarily to vulnerable low income households who are unable to maintain other forms of accommodation. You can register for public and community housing if you are eligible. Most community housing providers give priority to households with the highest housing needs. Households with highest needs are offered housing ahead of other households.
Community housing is administered, maintained and managed by non-government organisations. There are two types of community housing providers:
1. Community Housing Providers
Previously called housing associations, community housing providers are run by independent skills based boards with strong links to their community. They provide housing for specific disadvantaged groups in the community. Vacancies in community housing are not high, so people should consider a range of options.
2. Volunteer Member-Tenant Managed Organisations
Previously called housing co-operatives, volunteer member-tenant managed community housing is administered, maintained and managed by members, who are usually tenants. This requires a commitment to volunteer up to 12 hours per week by member-tenants to make decisions and carry out all functions related to: governance, risk management, legal compliance, member and tenant selection, maintenance and property management, tenancy and rent management.
Vacancies in VMTM housing are limited, so people should consider a range of options.