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In NSW, Compass has both community (social) and affordable housing programs.

Community housing applications are managed under the NSW Government Housing Pathways system, where the applicant only has to complete one application to be on the state-wide list. NSW has the largest community housing sector in Australia, managing over forty percent of the total national community housing stock.

Affordable housing applications are managed by our My Place Property office. 

Community Housing is subsidised rental accommodation aimed at supporting low income households with short-term transitional and longer-term housing.

Transitional housing is a form of social housing assistance for people in high or very high need.

Transitional housing is not long-term housing. The purpose of transitional housing is to help tenants stabilise their circumstances so that they can move on to more appropriate long-term accommodation. This may be in the private market or social housing.

Long Term Community Housing is only available to tenants with significant barriers to the private rental market and who are high or very high need on the housing register.

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Important links for all Community Housing Applications:


Applications:

You can apply for all types of community housing using an Application for Housing Assistance Form.


The Application Process:

You can lodge your application with any social housing provider in NSW, either in person or by mail. This includes all Compass branches & Housing NSW local offices. You can find details of where you can lodge your application on the Housing Pathways website.

An initial assessment of your application will be made by the social housing provider you lodge your form with. If you are eligible for social housing, you will be placed on the social housing waitlist. If we need more information, you may also be asked to come to an interview.

  • Click here to download an Application Form.
    This form must also be accompanied with Social Housing Supplement form. Alternatively contact your local branch /office for more details.

Applicants, please note:

  • Faxed copies of applications cannot be processed.
  • A completed Application Form must also be accompanied with Social Housing Supplement Form.
  • Application Forms and additional documentation can be either handed to a staff member at our branch locations or supplied by post.

What evidence do I need to attach?

Information about the type of evidence we need is in the Evidence Requirements Information Sheet. This is available from your local housing office or from the Housing Pathways website.


For additional information regarding Housing Pathways & applying for social housing:

  • Visit the Housing Pathways website. 
  • If you require assistance with your application, please contact your local branch /office for more details.

Affordable housing is an alternative form of housing designed to assist low to medium income earners, which enables eligible tenants to reside within existing communities at a rebated rent and represents approximately 9% of Compass NSW’s total housing portfolio. The transitional aspect of affordable housing encourages tenants to pursue real property ownership while paying reasonable rent in their present circumstances. This has delivered terrific outcomes, with tenants obtaining private home ownership through this program.

Under the Building Better Cities program, Compass has received purpose built properties to manage located in six redevelopment estates in the Newcastle area. Jointly funded by the Federal Government and State Government, this program has been part of an immensely successful renewal of the Honeysuckle precinct and inner Newcastle surrounds as well as providing affordable housing and being a catalyst for market regeneration and growth.

This program is for low to moderate income earning households and is targeted to key workers in the Newcastle area.


To be eligible for BBC Affordable Housing:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or have a valid visa to reside in Australia
  • You must have a connection with the area that you are applying for housing in. This could be through work, education, family or long term residency.
  • You must have derived at least part of your household income from regular paid employment over the preceding twelve months.
  • The Affordable Program is for people who are employed but are on low wages.
  • The total household income limits are between $20,000 and $85,000 per annum.
  • 70% of that income shall be employment related income.
  • Applicants must not own property or assets which could realistically be used to secure affordable, appropriate housing.
  • There is no outstanding debt owed to Compass Housing Services, Housing NSW, or any other Community Housing provider.

How do I apply? 

MyPlace Property advertise all property vacancies here.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to register interest for available dwellings via the online enquiry form. Once the property has been viewed, download the Housing Application Form below. Completed application forms, together with required supporting documentation should  be forwarded to the My Place Property office.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) was a commitment by the Australian Government to invest in affordable rental housing. NRAS commenced in 2008 and was cut from the 2014 Federal budget, with the final roll out of NRAS funding to be completed in 2015.

The Scheme’s purpose was to address the shortage of affordable rental housing by offering financial incentives to the business sector and community organisations to build and rent dwellings to low and moderate income households at 20 per cent below-market rates for 10 years.


The aims of NRAS are to:

  • Increase the supply of new affordable rental housing;
  • Reduce rental costs for low and moderate income households; and
  • Encourage large scale investment and innovative delivery of affordable housing.

 The Australian Government committed over $1 billion to the Scheme to stimulate construction of up to 50,000 high quality homes and apartments, providing affordable private rental properties for Australians and their families. The rental arrangements are as per Affordable Housing Guidelines and the household income ranges across three income bands of very low, low and moderate household incomes.

The transitional aspect of NRAS Housing encourages tenants to pursue real property ownership while paying reasonable rent in their present circumstances. We have had tenants go on to home ownership from the NRAS Housing program.

To be eligible for NRAS Housing:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or have a valid visa to reside in Australia.
  • You must have a connection with the area that you are applying for housing in. This could be through work, education, family or long term residency.
  • You are a low-moderate income earner.
  • There is no outstanding debt to Compass Housing, Housing NSW, or any other Community Housing provider.
  • You must be earning below the tenant income level relevant to your household type

Some Affordable Housing Programs have specific eligibility criteria. You will be advised of any additional criteria on enquiry.


Tenant Income Levels

NRAS homes are required to be rented to eligible tenants at least 20 per cent below the market rent to be eligible for the National Rental Incentive annually. The income levels for eligible tenants are specified in the NRAS Regulations. Initial tenant income levels are assessed against gross income according to the household composition.

An up-to-date and extensive list of example household income limits can be found here. Household income limits are indexed annually on 1 May in accordance with the NRAS tenant income index.

Eligible tenants' income must be equal to or less than the initial income limit when they become a tenant of an NRAS dwelling. Income may increase up to 25 per cent (the upper income limit) before their eligibility is affected.

For NRAS purposes, a household is considered to be all persons ordinarily residing in the dwelling. The Department therefore requires all persons who ordinarily reside in an approved rental dwelling to have their income included as a member of the one household, in accordance with the income limits.


Criteria

Some Affordable Housing Programs have specific eligibility criteria. You will be advised of any additional criteria on enquiry.

MyPlace Property advertise all property vacancies here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to register interest for available dwellings via the online enquiry form. Once the property has been viewed, download the Housing Application Form below. Completed application forms, together with required supporting documentation should  be forwarded to the My Place Property office

Compass has managed Indigenous Housing under various programs for the Aboriginal Housing Office, various Aboriginal Land Councils, RSM Bird Cameron, Housing NSW under stock transfer and the NSW Department of Family & Community Services. The properties have been located in various regional and remote locations including Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Menindee, Balranald, Dareton, Dubbo, East Maitland and Newcastle.

Compass continues to provide tenancy and asset management services for the Aboriginal Housing Office in Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia and East Maitland.


Employment Related Accommodation (ERA)

Compass recently commenced management of Indigenous housing in Dubbo provided by the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office through its Employment Related Accommodation (ERA) Program, and funded under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. The ERA Program helps eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to remote NSW, to take up employment, education or training in regional areas where there are more opportunities, by providing safe, secure and affordable short-term accommodation.

This program is made up of a number of unique individuals who believe in striving for the best and making a difference. We are so proud of our tenants who have participated in this program, and there have been great achievements made.

  • Check out some of our tenant success stories under this program - Click Here

Compass' Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF) Properties are designed to provide independent living for people with severe and/or profound support needs. SAIF offers a new way of living for these people in an architecturally designed brand new home in a safe and supported environment. Participants in the SAIF units are funded from a variety of sources including the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Compass together with our support partners work to provide our tenants and housing applicants living with a disability equitable access to housing that enables them to pursue lifestyles of their choice and to participate fully in all aspects of community life.

Compass strives to provide the best service to these tenants, many who have complex needs, so that they may feel secure in their tenure and so they have opportunities to engage and contribute to their community.

Compass provides a diverse range of housing programs which provide assistance to people who may have difficulties obtaining or maintaining housing in the public & private market due to their support needs.

Tenants housed in supported accommodation are the most vulnerable and require various levels of support to gain independent living successfully.

Our supported housing services assist a wide range of people; these include people with disabilities, individuals with mental health issues, young families, women and children escaping domestic violence, Indigenous persons and families, seniors and people leaving the criminal justice system, and those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Compass provides a diverse range of housing programs which provide assistance to people who may have difficulties obtaining or maintaining housing in the public & private market due to their support needs.

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Compass provides a specialised housing program Compass Housing Youth Accommodation - for youth aged between 16-25 years. This program is located in Newcastle in a brand new complex consisting of studio and one bedroom apartments.

Homelessness has many faces - women, young people, older people, families and singles. Homelessness can happen to anyone for a number of reasons, but the simple fact is, the problem can't be solved without an affordable and secure home.

Compass’ vision is that all people have appropriate and affordable shelter and that those people are engaged in sustainable communities. We are passionate about being involved in homelessness initiatives.

Compass continues to manage the ‘This Way Home’ project in the Hunter region which provides a unique model, with a framework of collaboration and the objective of increasing the successful outcomes for persons experiencing homelessness who want to gain and sustain a tenancy in the private, social or public housing market.

The ‘This Way Home’ project is a partnership between Compass, The Samaritans Foundation, Mission Australia, the Salvation Army, Nova Women’s Accommodation and Support, Baptist Community Services, Catholic Care Hunter-Manning and Wesley Mission.

Since commencement 3 years ago ‘This Way Home’ has assisted almost 270 individuals suffering from or at risk of homelessness. With the majority of those transitioning from temporary or medium term accommodation into long term public, affordable or private housing.*

*figures as at June 30 2014

We undertake all aspects of tenancy and property management, including allocations and wait-list management and are seeking to expand our portfolio of rental properties to help us meet the demand for Affordable Housing.


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