Enabling strong and respectful relationships that leverage the full potential of the community housing sector

In a joint project with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), we launched a suite of resources aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing by smoothing the process of negotiating Affordable Housing Agreements (AHAs).

The resources were:

  1. Fact sheet: A guide for developers
  2. Fact sheet: Understanding the community housing sector
  3. Fact sheet: A guide for local government
  4. Tool kit for planners

The resources provide all parties with an enhanced understanding of each other’s operating constraints and business model to encourage more agreements to be struck, enabling more disadvantaged Victorians to have the safety and security of a home.

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We would like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for funding this work; and the reference group members for ensuring that we captured the diversity of views. This is the first time that our sectors have come together to undertake such a project and we hope to continue this productive working relationship going forward, as we see many opportunities for local government submissions and the community sector to work together in addressing Victoria’s Affordable Housing shortfall.


Local government initiatives

CHIA Vic continues to look at ways to support the community housing sector to work with local government and residents, and is currently updating work done by Judith Stubbs on building community support for social housing for the Victorian context.

CHIA Vic submitted a response in support of the City of Melbourne’s draft Affordable Housing Strategy, which looks at a range of ways that the City of Melbourne could grow the supply of affordable housing over the next ten years.

Thanks to our Supporters

As a not-for-profit peak body, CHIA Vic relies on our strong membership base and the financial support of our major sponsors to be able to provide the vital services, support, training, advocacy and project work required by our sector. We would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in 2019/20.

Our 2019/20 Sponsors