Community providers a boost for South Australia's public housing
The State Government has appointed community-housing providers AnglicareSA Housing and Junction Australia to manage almost 1100 public housing properties across Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth Vale and Mitchell Park.
The new management arrangements aim to improve property conditions and tenant outcomes through affordable living initiatives to help reduce tenants' essential services costs.
Minister for Housing and Urban Development, John Rau, said AnglicareSA Housing and Junction Australia have an outstanding track record as local community housing providers across the Northern and Southern suburbs.
"From mid-2015 approximately 480 homes in Elizabeth Grove and parts of Elizabeth Vale will be managed by AnglicareSA Housing with an additional 610 homes in Mitchell Park to be managed by Junction Australia.
"These established community housing providers have extensive local knowledge which can better meet the complex needs of tenants and communities by working closely with support agencies and local groups.
"By transferring the management of these properties we are consolidating a multi provider social housing system in South Australia."
Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison said the changes will not negatively impact on the financial circumstances of tenants as their after-rent income will remain as if they were public housing tenants.
"In fact, financial advantages available to community housing providers mean they have increased capacity to work with tenants on plans to improve their property standards.
"Community providers like Junction Australia and AnglicareSA already offer a range of support services for vulnerable South Australians and they are uniquely placed to support public housing tenants at a local level."
Junction Australia CEO, Graham Brown, says they are proud to be working with the Mitchell Park community.
"As an established local community housing provider, we have a recognised ability in providing quality services and positive tenant relationships," he said.
"We work with our tenants to increase their connection to their community through place-making and community engagement."
CEO of AnglicareSA Housing, Peter Sandeman, said: "We want to get to know our new tenants and reinvigorate Housing SA properties."
"Social and community housing is more than just bricks and mortar— it's about security in tenancy and creating communities where individuals are valued and support each other."
For more information visit www.sa.gov.au/communityhousing/betterplaces.