At a Council meeting of the membership of the Community Housing Coalition of Western Australia (CHCWA) on April 21st, a special resolution to wind up the organisation was passed.
CHCWA’s offices will shut on May 1st 2015 and it will cease trading shortly thereafter, once all its constitutional and statutory obligations have been met.
In a separate resolution, the CHCWA membership agreed that all CHCWA’s remaining assets would be divested to the Community Housing Industry Association, the national industry body for community housing providers in Australia.
All remaining CHCWA staff will finish work with CHCWA on May 1st and redundancy arrangements have been made where applicable.
All and any services provided to members by CHCWA will cease with CHCWA’s closure. Community housing providers should contact the Department of Housing in relation to what, if any, assistance is, or will be available, to CHPs in respect of training, advice and sector support.
Arrangements have been made to keep the CHCWA website live until mid-2017. We have done this to ensure that CHCWA’s published materials and resources will continue to be available to all interested parties after the organisation winds up.
Finally, I would like to thank the board and staff of CHCWA for their help and support during my tenure as Executive Officer and to wish members every success in their future development.
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Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) shows that the Perth housing market is on the cusp of significant deflation in both house prices and rents. Overall, the data paints a picture of oversupply in both properties for sale and for rent in the face of deteriorating economic fundamentals. Key data includes:
- There are 14,000 properties for sale in Perth, an increase of 2000 since the beginning of the year. Sales have slowed by 15% since the same period last year.
- Perth’s median house price dipped by $5,000 last month to around $547,000, while metropolitan rents were holding steady at $440 per week.
- There are now over 6,500 properties for rent in Perth giving a vacancy rate of over 4%.
- Days on market for home sales had stretched to 67, compared to a more normal 45, while the number of sellers prepared to discount on their asking price was now 57 per cent. Rental leasing times across Perth is averaging 36 days.
Please see below the fold a Communique from John Mc Inerney, Chair, Community Housing Federation of Australia and National Industry Body Working Group.
The Communique provides an update on the status of the formation of the National Industry Body (NIB). WA will have three delegates at the CHFA members meeting in Brisbane on March 19th. One of the WA delegates, Jennie Vartan of Foundation Housing is not in a position to attend and her vote will be cast by proxy by the CHCWA delegate, Barry Doyle. The third delegate is a representative of the Federation of Housing Collectives (FOHCOL). Read more →
An Open Letter to be published in today’s West Australian is a call to action to the State Government, and the broader community, to implement and support progressive policies to grow and develop the social housing system in WA.
“The letter aims to raise awareness of the severity of the situation we face as a state, and as a nation, in relation to unmet social housing demand. We are also saying that community housing providers, and the not-for profit sector more generally, must play a bigger role in the provision of rental housing to low income West Australian households,” said Barry Doyle, Executive Officer, of the Community Housing Coalition of WA (CHCWA), the peak body for community housing providers in Western Australia.
“Signatories to the letter include the State’s major community housing providers, as well as community sector peak bodies, local governments and private sector stakeholders. We know that capital expenditure on social housing will remain central to the solution but we also know that more can be done to grow and develop the system by leveraging the almost 40,000 dwellings already present,” said Mr Doyle. Read more →
To coincide with the publication of the Open Letter in today’s West Australian, CHCWA has produced a detailed policy document titled, “Doing more with what we already have”
The purpose of this document is to provide more detail and context regarding the key messages contained in the open letter.
The key messages are:
Demand for social housing is high now and is only going to increase further as the population grows and ages.
The WA social housing system cannot meet demand as currently constituted.
Community Housing Providers must play a larger role in the social and affordable housing system.
Community housing produces better outcomes for tenants.
The Board of the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA) and the National Industry Body Working Group (of which CHCWA EO, Barry Doyle, is a member) met at a whole day meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday, February 3rd. The meeting was convened to discuss how to advance the establishment of a National Industry body for community housing providers in Australia in the context of the defunding of CHFA by the Federal Government. Please see below the fold, a communique from the CHFA Chairperson, John Mc Inerney regarding the outcomes of the meeting.
Members should anticipate further contact from CHCWA in relation to the formation of the National Industry Body, and WA involvement in it, over coming weeks. Read more →
Bunbury based Community Housing Provider Alliance Housing, has demolished a duplex signed over to it by the Department of Housing this week and will begin working immediately developing five units to house people with disabilities from the Bunbury region. CHCWA applauds the State Government and the Department of Housing for engaging in partnerships like this with community housing providers which will deliver much needed extra social and affordable housing and encourages them to do more of it. Media coverage of the new development below the fold. Read more →
More good news from the REIWA newsroom in regard to rents. Rents are still falling and the vacancy rate has risen again which means that rental stock on the market is increasing. This should have a correspondingly positive impact on demand for social housing as more affordable properties become available to rent.
Full press release from REIWA reproduced below: Read more →
Please note that the CHCWA Executive Officer will be overseas from November 26th until the new year and that CHCWA’s office will be closed, with all services suspended, until the office reopens on January 5th, 2015.
Please note that the Tenancy law training course on December 3rd is unaffected.
All queries in relation to rent setting, tenancy law, best practice and other community housing regulatory matters should be directed to the community housing unit at the Department of Housing. The unit’s email address is: email@example.com
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