Community housing is an alternative to public housing and caters for people on very low to moderate incomes, who are or may be in rental stress or face barriers to entry into the private housing market. It provides secure, affordable, long term rental housing for people with specific needs; including people who have experienced homelessness, the aged, Aboriginal people, people with a disability, survivors of domestic violence, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and low-income families and individuals. Community Housing is managed by not-for-profit organisations and provides a variety of living arrangements depending on the needs and preferences of the tenant household.
There are two types of community housing providers in South Australia:
Community Housing Providers (CHP)
Community Housing Providers are not-for-profit organisations providing housing for people with special housing needs. They are administered, maintained and managed by paid staff. These Community Housing Providers are delivering social and affordable housing in conjunction with Housing SA and Renewal SA. All registered Community Housing Providers are legally incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
Volunteer Member-Tenant Managed Organisations (VMTMO)
A Volunteer Member-Tenant Managed Organisation (also known as housing co-operatives) is a group of people with a common interest who work together to maintain and manage housing for its members. Members perform landlord roles (tenancy, rent, maintenance) and business roles (administration, bookkeeping). Membership requires significant ongoing commitment, including attending monthly and other meetings and actively participating in the management of the organisation.