Goal 4: Increasing Affordable Rental Housing

Affordable housing and tenancy support

ActionTimeframe Directorate ResponsibilityOutcome/Indicator
4A. Grow and diversify the community housing sector 1. Set an annual community housing target to provide additional affordable rental properties managed by registered community housing providers as part of the commitment to dedicate 15% of the Indicative Land Release Program to public, community and affordable housing. Annual EPSDD Land released annually to the community housing sector.
2. Engage regularly with the ACT community housing sector to investigate and facilitate options for providing assistance to community housing providers and those in need of community housing, including setting housing targets. Ongoing EPSDD Regular ACT Government attendance at meetings with the community housing sector and facilitation of annual survey/ questionnaire of the community housing sector’s needs.
3. Enhance mechanisms to reduce the cost of land made available to the community housing sector, including restrictions on Crown leases, land rent or sale at a fixed percentage of market rate. 2019-20 EPSDD Mechanisms investigated and recommendations made.
4. Under the ACT Government Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, facilitate a project to develop community rental housing on underutilised leased community facility land. Ongoing EPSDD Successful expression of interest process and project facilitation.
5. Work with community housing providers to develop more affordable rental properties. Ongoing CSD Affordable rental properties developed and managed.
6. Support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander managed community housing in the ACT. Ongoing CSD Options explored and recommendations made.
7. Explore opportunities to extend land rent to community housing providers for the provision of affordable rental properties. 2019-20 EPSDD Land rent leases are offered to community housing providers.
8. Streamline and digitise the government’s interest free rental bond loan scheme, making it easier to access when people are looking for a home to rent. Ongoing CSD Efficiencies are made in processing.
4B. Grow the supply of affordable private rental properties 1. Establish an Affordable Rental Real Estate Management Model as a pilot under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. 2018-19 EPSDD Innovation Fund grant allocated, monitored and acquitted and report released on pilot project’s outcomes.
2. Encourage an increase in supply of affordable rental properties from private owners that can be managed by the community housing sector through the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, by investigating options such as a land tax concession on properties rented at 75% of market rate and managed by community housing providers. Ongoing EPSDD/Treasury Options explored and recommendations made.
3. Investigate financial incentives to encourage the delivery of additional affordable rental housing on privately owned land, including through lease variation charge remissions, or planning controls. Ongoing EPSDD/Treasury Options explored and recommendations made.
4. Release a residential development site (or sites) via expression of interest process for the construction of affordable rental properties under a build-to-rent model. 2019-20 EPSDD/SLA Site(s) released to market for affordable rental.
5. Establish or expand a Home Sharing Model under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. 2019-20 EPSDD/CSD Innovation Fund grant allocated, monitored and acquitted and a report released on outcomes of the pilot project.
4C. Strengthen rights and protections for tenants 1. Develop and implement outstanding recommendations of the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 with a focus on fairness and security for vulnerable tenants. Ongoing JACS Recommendations developed and implemented.
4D. Provide targeted advice and support to tenants and landlords 1. Undertake a communications campaign to promote existing support measures for tenants and landlords. 2019 EPSDD/JACS Measures promoted over the 2019 year.
4E. Target programs to increase supply of affordable housing for vulnerable and disadvantaged households 1. Investigate establishing priority categories for ‘at-risk’ groups to access community housing, the affordable home purchase database and Affordable Rental Real Estate Management model properties. 2019 EPSDD Options explored and recommendations made.
2. Facilitate a project to support dedicated accommodation options for low income families escaping domestic violence under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. 2019-20 EPSDD/CSD         Successful expression of interest process and project facilitation.
3. Facilitate a project to support a specialist disability accommodation development for either affordable rent or purchase under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. 2019-20 EPSDD/CSD         Successful expression of interest process and project facilitation.
4. Work with the National Disability Insurance Agency, the development sector and people with disabilities and their families and carers to identify potential opportunities to facilitate the development of Specialist Disability Accommodation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Ongoing CSD Opportunities identified and recommendations made.
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