Movable studios to prevent youth homelessness

Michelle Lensink MLC Relocatable studio accommodation to help young South Australians avoid homelessness is one of the innovative projects funded under the Marshall Liberal Government’s new $20 million Homelessness Prevention Fund. Following a competitive tender process, the first $4.4 million has been awarded to two new projects, which aim to deliver reductions in homelessness across […]

Jobs boost: new affordable apartments to be built at Bowden

Michelle Lensink MLC A new affordable housing development in Bowden will help more South Australians achieve the great Australian dream of owning a home and provide a huge construction jobs boost from mid-year. Located just minutes from the CBD, close to the tram and trendy cafes, the new 34-apartment Nightingale Bowden development will support 700 […]

Green light for major Oaklands Park social housing redevelopment

Vickie Chapman MP | Michelle Lensink MLC A $135 million dollar housing initiative at Oaklands Park is one step closer, with the Planning Minister approving its re-zoning application. This allows for social, affordable and market housing to be built at the 20 hectare site. The proposed redevelopment, known as Oaklands Green, is expected to boost […]

The voice of our members through consultation

The Community Housing Council of SA believes that delivering the highest standards of governance are essential for trust in organisations. Supporting well-governed organisations to deliver stronger performance and safeguards in the interests of their stakeholders, including employees and the community. The success of the community housing section – and the people our members house and […]

CHCSA achievements for 2020

The past year has seen the Community Housing Council of South Australia (CHCSA) continue to support and represent South Australia’s community housing industry. Over the past 12 months we have all had to manage not only the impacts of COVID-19, but also a significant period of restructure and ongoing change in the housing sector within […]

Spence on Light opens in Adelaide

The 14-storey Spence on Light apartment building has officially opened on Light Square in the Adelaide CBD. The entire development has been dedicated to the creation of quality, affordable housing for older people in the CBD and is named for Catherine Helen Spence, whose statue is positioned near the development site on Light Square. The […]

Anglicare SA creating stronger communities

AnglicareSA’s Better Places Stronger Communities (BPSC) and Renewing our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) community development teams are passionate about changing the stigma surrounding social housing neighbourhoods by creating environments that promote positive interactions between tenants, their families and friends. We have been busy upgrading the common area of one of our community housing complexes in […]

Amelie Housing: ‘building hope through housing’

Amelie Housing has purchased a parcel of land in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. It is the first development project in South Australia for the newly accredited tier 1 organisation since the merge of Frederic Ozanam Housing Association and Amelie Housing in July 2019. Amelie Housing is expecting to submit plans in early 2021 for development […]

Unity Housing starts Henley Beach South development

A partnership between SA Housing Authority and Unity Housing will see vacant land in Henley Beach South – previously owned by the Authority – redeveloped to create new social housing for low-income households, as well as affordable and market housing. SA Human Services Minister, Michelle Lensink, and Unity Housing conducted a joint press conference on […]

Single Housing Register on track for 2021

The Single Housing Register is on track to become live for community housing providers on 1 March 2021, resulting in increased efficiency and fairness to all registrants, improved ability to filter for registrants to best suit vacant properties, and improved document management and reporting ability. Consultation with community housing provider representatives regarding the policy changes […]

State Budget 2020-21 housing initiatives

SA Housing Authority – Update The State Budget 2020-21 released by Treasurer Rob Lucas included significant housing initiatives that are exciting for the housing and homelessness sector. It includes investment of an additional $13.6 million over three years to help reduce homelessness in South Australia. Each year, 60 rough sleepers with complex needs will be […]

New social and affordable housing set for prime beachside spot

Michelle Lensink MLC Planning permission has been granted for a major new $30 million social and affordable housing residential development in a prime beachside suburb – and building is set to begin early next year. The new 70-townhouse development, located in Henley Beach South, will support 270 jobs and is a partnership between the Marshall […]

Homeless Connect SA to start 1 October

Michelle Lensink MLC A new homeless service that simplifies access to crisis and prevention services will begin in South Australia today. Homeless Connect SA is a single hotline for anyone needing homelessness support, including youth services – and replaces the Homelessness Gateway. It forms part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s homelessness system reforms, which aim […]

Building a better homelessness system for SA

Michelle Lensink MLC Preventing and reducing homelessness is the focus of a nation-leading new homelessness system for South Australia, launched today by the Marshall Liberal Government. The Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink released the Future Directions for Homelessness paper, which sets a new direction for South Australia. Following extensive consultation with homelessness providers and South Australians […]

New service to help South Australians with housing issues

Michelle Lensink MLC A new housing advisory service will make it easier for South Australians with housing issues to get assistance – and reduce their risk of homelessness. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink announced today that SYC will operate the new Housing Advice, Advocacy and Engagement Service, offering services over the phone, via email […]

Major Oaklands Park housing renewal to begin

Michelle Lensink MLC Oaklands Park is set to be transformed by a major new housing initiative that will boost the economy, create jobs and deliver new social, affordable and market housing to the area. The $135 million renewal project, to be known as Oaklands Green, is a partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government, Housing Renewal […]

DV crisis beds now open in South and the regions

Michelle Lensink MLC | Carolyn Power MP All 31 new domestic violence crisis accommodation beds for women and children are now open across South Australia, keeping more South Australians safe and delivering on a $4 million Marshall Liberal Government commitment. Of the 31 beds, six new beds are now open in Southern Adelaide, where women […]

New $6m tender to help reduce homelessness in SA

Michelle Lensink MLC The Marshall Liberal Government is calling for Expressions of Interest from organisations capable of delivering reductions in homelessness across South Australia. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the State Government was seeking tenders for the first $6 million of a new $20 million Homelessness Prevention Fund. The $20 million Homelessness Prevention […]

Bold reform of homelessness system will improve outcomes for most vulnerable

Michelle Lensink MLC The Liberal Government is embarking on long overdue and much-needed reform of the state’s homelessness system, with the aim of reducing homelessness. Over the next 12 months the government will consult and work with the specialist homelessness sector to design a new system that will better meet the needs of South Australians […]

New DV crisis accommodation beds open in SA

Michelle Lensink MLC | Carolyn Power MP More women and children fleeing domestic and family violence in their homes will be safe and supported in 40 new domestic violence crisis accommodation beds, with the first eight now open in Northern Adelaide delivering a $4 million Marshall Government commitment. The crisis beds will provide safe and […]

Building a better future for all South Australians

Steven Marshall MP | Michelle Lensink MLC Helping more South Australians into homeownership, growing jobs and boosting the economy are the key elements of the Liberal Government’s new $550 million housing and homelessness strategy, released today. Our Housing Future 2020-30, commits to a once-in-a-generation plan to modernise and reform the state’s housing system to meet […]

Leading expert appointed to drive homelessness reform

Michelle Lensink MLC In a massive coup, leading homelessness expert Ian Cox has been appointed to a new role to drive reforms to improve homelessness services in South Australia. Mr Cox, who has been the driving force behind the Hutt Street Centre for more than 16 years and has worked in the homelessness sector for […]

New intensive support program for Aboriginal families in Adelaide’s West

Michelle Lensink MLC A new Liberal Government $2.2 million intensive support program will be designed specifically for Aboriginal families and run by an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation in Adelaide’s West, with the aim of keeping families together. Recognising families in Adelaide’s western suburbs need support, the new pilot will help families with complex needs so that […]

Multi-million dollar housing maintenance program to improve homes and boost economy

Michelle Lensink MLC A Liberal Government $10 million maintenance boost is set to improve three, large ageing public housing unit blocks and will provide a welcome boost to South Australia’s building industry. Recognising the former Labor Government left the state’s public housing stock to ruin, the Liberal Government allocated a total of $21.1 million in […]

Liberal Government aids bed boost for women’s crisis accommodation service Catherine House

Carolyn Power MP | Michelle Lensink MLC The Liberal Government is helping Catherine House expand their crisis bed accommodation available to women experiencing homelessness. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink has officially handed over the management of the two-bedroom cottage to the service, resulting in an additional two crisis beds to the system. Catherine House […]

New $6.8 million affordable housing initiative helping low-income South Australians buy a home

Michelle Lensink MLC The Liberal Government is launching a new $6.8 million affordable housing initiative that will help South Australians with low and moderate incomes – with a focus on older, single women – buy a home and stimulate the building sector. Recognising older, single women are considered one of the most vulnerable groups in […]

All State Government disability clients have now transitioned to the NDIS

Michelle Lensink MLC The transition of State Government disability clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now complete. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said today was a huge milestone in South Australia’s NDIS journey. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in transitioning the more than 13,100 clients […]

Additional funding to support transition to National Disability Insurance Scheme

Michelle Lensink MLC The Marshall Liberal Government will provide additional funding to support the finalisation of service reform and disability functions as a result of the state’s full transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The 2019-20 State Budget provides $6.7 million in 2019-20, to support the finalisation of service reform and disability functions […]

New State Government committee to advise on Aboriginal housing in South Australia

Michelle Lensink MLC The State Government is today announcing a new committee which will advise the South Australian Housing Trust Board on improving housing outcomes for Aboriginal people. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the committee will advise the Board on a range of housing challenges and help shape outcomes for Aboriginal communities across […]

Liberal Government aids more affordable housing in CBD by injecting $14.5 million to purchase 40 apartments

Michelle Lensink MLC A multi-million dollar CBD social housing development that will provide more affordable housing in Adelaide’s inner city and boost the state’s construction industry, is underway in a collaboration between the Liberal Government and a major community housing provider. Community housing provider Housing Choices South Australia is developing Spence on Light, a modern […]

Liberal Government gives thousands of South Australians cost of living relief

Michelle Lensink MLC Nearly 34,000 South Australian households on low or fixed incomes are set to start receiving the State Government’s annual Cost of Living Concession payment this week, to help with expenses like energy and water bills. The concessions provide $103.70 per household, totalling more than $3.5 million in assistance for 2019. The cost […]

South Australia: National Housing and Homelessness Agreement

The purpose of this Schedule is to provide an indication of how South Australia intends to implement the conditions agreed in the Agreement, including the actions that will be undertaken as stated in South Australia’s housing and homelessness strategies, and any actions to be undertaken by South Australia to support the Data Schedule. Download Schedule […]

National Housing and Homelessness Agreement

This Agreement will contribute to improving access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing across the housing spectrum, including to prevent and address homelessness, and to support social and economic participation. Download the Agreement.