What is community housing?
Community housing, along with public housing and Aboriginal housing, is a type of “social” housing. Community housing offers secure, affordable, long-term rental housing for people on low to moderate incomes.
Eligibility for community housing
Wentworth is a participating housing provider under Housing Pathways. Housing Pathways represents a momentous shift in the way people will apply for social housing, with one common application form and one housing register.
In April 2010, Housing NSW, the Aboriginal Housing Office and 27 community housing providers across the State implemented a new housing application system known as Housing Pathways to make applying for housing assistance easier, simpler and fairer.
Applicants now fill out a single form to apply for properties managed by Housing NSW or participating community housing providers. They can choose who they would like to receive housing assistance from and maximise their opportunities for a housing offer if they register interest in both public and community housing.
A single statewide waiting list, the NSW Housing Register, has also been created under the Pathways initiative. It combines the waiting lists of Housing NSW and participating community housing providers and replaces the separate lists previously maintained. All new applications are logged on the NSW Housing Register.
Applicants on the NSW Housing Register can contact either a Housing NSW office or the office of one of the participating community housing providers to find out where their application is up or change their personal details.
Housing Pathways brings Housing NSW and the community housing sector into a closer partnership which not only benefits clients but also reduces duplication and creates efficiencies from shared systems.Where previously, a client would place a 10-page application with Housing NSW and then go to two or three community housing providers and place all your details into two or three more application forms – this has now become a lot easier.
For more information about Housing Pathways, including eligibility criteria, policies, forms and fact sheets please visit the Housing Pathways website
Other things you need to know:
Wentworth staff can assist you with completing the application form if required. Please speak with our Customer Service Team on 4731 5851 or visit us.
Available housing will generally be allocated to applicants off the NSW Housing Register with the highest housing need and where the property best matches their needs. This is in accordance with Wentworth's own Allocations Policy.
Affordable Housing properties managed by Wentworth are owned by BlueCHP.
To be eligible for Affordable Housing through Wentworth:
You must earn a very low to moderate income as defined by this table
You must be able to demonstrate a need for affordable housing and be unable to resolve this housing need in the private market in the medium to long term without assistance.
Ideally you will already live in the local area.
You should not have assets or property that could reasonably be expected to solve your housing situation.
You must be an Australian resident, living in Australia.
You must be able to demonstrate the ability to sustain a successful tenancy.
Calls for applications are generally specific to individual properties. Further details about Affordable Housing with Wentworth, including the application form, can be found here.