Increasing and accelerating the delivery of housing is our imperative. Under this government and Minister, we have been given a license to innovate. The Portfolio Strategy is our 20-year vision and plan, to grow and change our housing portfolio.
We’re innovating by using data to better understand the needs of the people and families we assist, and the types of housing that are right for them. This understanding guides us to pioneer new ways to deliver a pipeline of safe, well-designed and appropriate properties.
To fund the development of new properties, and to maintain and renew existing properties, we need to generate income. Income is created from the sale of properties that are high-value, high cost to maintain, or at the end of their lifecycle, and from the collection of rent.
How is social housing designed and built?
We are leading the transformation of housing through Good Design for housing with LAHC Dwelling Requirements which provide clear guidelines on the design and development of housing properties:
- design quality
- environmental performance
- operational effectiveness and
- wellbeing for each tenant
Many of our properties are too old and too costly to maintain. They are no longer the right types of housing for the people who need them.
Mixed-tenure communities create more opportunity for integration, unlike housing estates of old, that had a high concentration of housing.
To create a sense of belonging to support the physical, cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of people, we create safe and secure housing and inclusive communities.
We deliver housing, made up of different property types, to suit the needs of people and their communities, in regional and metropolitan NSW.
The right type of safe and secure housing helps people and families in need to feel
valued, accepted and included.
How does new social housing benefit residents?
The NSW Government’s vision for social housing is set out in the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW strategy.
LAHC delivers the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing policy to provide more and better social housing in integrated communities to better assist residents.
We are replacing ageing properties of the past with architecturally designed, contemporary homes, transforming communities, boosting economies and supporting jobs.
Who supports social housing residents?
A number of NSW Government and not-for-profit agencies provide housing support to social housing residents:
- LAHC owns and maintains social housing properties across NSW. These properties are leased to residents by the Department of Communities and Justice. LAHC also leases properties directly to Community Housing Providers.
- NSW Department of Communities and Justice manages the leases of social housing residents. In NSW, social housing homes are leased at market rates. Tenants can apply for rental subsidies, which are based on each person’s circumstances.
- Community Housing Providers are not-for-profit companies funded by the NSW Government to lease properties to social housing residents. They manage and maintain those properties as well as the leases with social housing residents. Their properties are owned by LAHC or by other property owners. Tenants can apply for rental subsidies.