Affordable Housing

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WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Affordable Housing is a government initiative to assist the needs of people on low to moderate incomes in the rental market. The rent setting on Affordable Housing properties is set below the standard market rent. The aim of the program is to assist people to be able to meet the basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, medical expenses and education.

WHO IS ELIGABLE?

Applicants applying for Affordable Housing with Tharawal Housing Aboriginal Corporation must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality
  • Be a resident of NSW
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Proof of Identity
  • Household income within the income eligibility limits
  • Not own any assets or property which could reasonably be expected to resolve housing needs
  • Be able to sustain a successful tenancy, without support or with appropriate support in place

INCOME ELIGIBILITY

There is no minimum income eligibility limit set for applicants applying for Affordable Housing, however applicants will not be considered for properties that are not affordable based on their total household income. The maximum household income limits is set out in the below tables.

Applicants earning above the below income limits will not be considered.

2019-20 NRAS YEAR

Household composition Initial household income limit ($) Existing tenant income limit ($)*
Single
Single + 1 Child 86,200 107,750
Single + 2 Children 106,100 132,625
Single + 3 Children 126,000 157,500
Single + 4 Children 145,900 182,375
Couple 99,500 124,375
Couple + 1 Child 119,400 149,250
Couple + 2 Children 139,300 174,125
Couple + 3 Children 159,200 199,000
Couple + 4 Children 179,100 223,875

*This column shows figures which are 25 per cent more than the initial household income limits. If the combined gross household income if existing tenants exceeds the initial income limit by 25 per cent or more (i.e. is at or is more than the existing tenant income limit) in two consecutive eligibility years, the tenants will cease to be eligible tenants

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HOW TO APPLY

Applicant/s need to complete an application for Affordable Housing and provide the below evidence. Applications will be assessed within 28 days of receipt.

Applicants will be advised in writing of outcome. Approved applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

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EVIDENCE REQUIRED

EVIDENCE REQUIRED:

  • All applicants over the age of 18 are required to provide proof of all income sources, for example: Applicant or family members in receipt of Centrelink Income will need to provide 12 months payment history from Centrelink Applicant or family members in receipt of wages/ salary will need to provide 12 months’ pay slips or notice of tax assessment or a letter from their employer stating gross annual income for the last 12 months. Applicants or family members who are self-employed will need to provide profit and loss statement for the last 12 months
  • Proof of ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Drivers Licence
  • Health Care Card
  • Key Card

PROOF OF ASSETS AND/OR DEBT:

  • 3 Month Bank Statement
  • 3 month of all Loan Repayment Statements

CURRENT RENT RECEIPT:

  • Proof of recent rent receipts if applicable or a copy of Rental Tenancy Agreement OR details with landlord’s full name, address and phone number.
  • 3 month of all Loan Repayment Statements

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION RELATING TO PROGRAM:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality
  • Proof of connection to the area e.g. employment, family, connection to area
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HOUSING NEED

Applicants will need to demonstrate a need for Affordable Housing and be unable to resolve their housing needs in the medium to long term without assistance.

Some factors include but are not limited to; currently living in unaffordable and/or unsuitable housing or needing to relocate for employment or family reasons.

The number of people residing in the property that live must be appropriate to the size of the home.

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HOW LONG CAN I STAY

Applicants will be offered a 12 month fixed term tenancy agreement. At the end of the fixed term tenancy agreement tenants will be required to undergo an eligibility assessment to ensure they are still eligible for the program.

Providing the tenant/s meet eligibility requirements a new 12 month fixed term tenancy agreement will be offered.

Tenant/s will be required to undergo an eligibility assessment annually to remain in affordable housing. Tenant/s will be required to provide proof of their total household income. In circumstances where the tenant/s no longer meet the eligibility criteria a 3 month fixed term lease will be offered to the tenant/s to allow them time to find alternative accommodation.

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BOND

Approved applicant/s will be required to pay 4 weeks market rent at the commencement of their tenancy agreement plus 2 weeks advance.
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RENT CHARGED

Rent charged on properties is generally 74.9% of the market rent for the property. Rent can be paid weekly or fortnightly. Tenants will be advised of the weekly rent charge prior to accepting the property.

Rent reviews are undertaken on all properties annual.

Tenants will be advised of any rent increase.

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WATER CHARGED

Tenants are responsible for paying water usage charges. Tenants will be invoiced quarterly and have 30 days to pay their account.

Affordable Housing Contact Form

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Contact Numbers

THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4628 4837
FAX Number02 4627 8066
PO Box 290 Campbelltown, NSW 2560 

THARAWAL DENTAL CLINIC

Demountable 2 - 187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4624 9400

THARAWAL SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4624 9430

THARAWAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4620 0400

OORUNGA WANDARRAH MACS CENTRE

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4620 0298

WARANWARIN THARAWAL CHILD & FAMILY CENTRE

105 Townson Avenue, Minto NSW 256602 9820 7447

WARANWARIN FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM

105 Townson Avenue, Minto 256602 9820 7447

THARAWAL HOUSING OFFICE

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4628 4837
Emailhousing@tacams.com.au
Hours of Operation

Tharawal AMS

Monday - Wednesday  8.30am-5.00pm
Thursday  8.30am - 7.00pm
Friday  9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday  CLOSED

Community & Administration

Monday - Thursday  9.00am-5.00pm
Friday  9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday  CLOSED

Oorunga Wandarrah MACS Centre

Monday - Friday  7.30am-5.00pm

Waranwarin Child & Early Learning Centre

Monday - Friday  7.30am-6.00pm

Waranwarin Family Support Program

Monday - Friday  9.00am-5.00pm

Tharawal Housing Office

Monday - Thursday  9.00am-5.00pm
Friday  9.00am - 4.30pm