The starkest expression of the housing affordability crisis in Australia is the 120,000+ people who sleep rough every night on the streets of our major cities and towns. The bigger picture - the result of decades of inaction and under-investment in public and social housing – is more alarming and reaches much deeper into our communities.
The affordable housing crisis has hit the most vulnerable in our society the hardest - people living with a disability, women and children fleeing family violence, older people and young people. For many decades, the community housing sector has quietly supported these groups, alongside the public housing sector.
In the last decade the number of people unable to afford decent housing in the private market place has escalated dramatically. Waiting times for public housing are decades long, so not-for-profit community housing providers, like us, have stepped in and stepped up to assist.
Since we commenced operations as the Housing Choices Australia group in 2008, we have developed into a large scale, national, commercially competent and innovative property development and management group. We provide cost-efficient high-quality social and affordable housing options for the growing numbers of low to middle income people unable to find accommodation in the public or private housing markets.
For us to fulfil our vision and mission, our commercial capabilities must match, or better, our not-for-profit, as well as for-profit peers. It is important that we maintain and build further on our existing reputation as a very safe pair of hands, financially strong and viable, well-governed and capable of great partnerships.