The Homes North Affordable Housing Policy provides guidance and assistance to staff who are involved in allocation and administration of Affordable Housing through Homes North. The policy also provides guidance and assistance on Affordable Housing to existing tenants, applicants as well as the general public.
This policy applies to all freehold properties available as Affordable Housing products with Homes North
The Homes North Affordable Housing Policy has been developed according to the NSW Affordable Housing Ministerial Guidelines (2017-2018).
The aims of Homes North’s Affordable Housing Policy are:
Affordable Housing is a separate program designed for low and moderate income households in the general community and has different eligibility criteria (including income criteria) to other social housing programs. To achieve the policy aims the eligibility criteria seek to attract applicants who meet certain household income parameters, and will be able to sustain a tenancy.
Income eligibility is measured using the income bands described in the NSW Affordable Housing Ministerial guidelines.
Eligible social housing tenants and applicants from the general community (who may not be eligible for social housing) will be encouraged to apply. Allocations from the Housing NSW register (Pathways) will comply with HNSW policy and procedure: Rules to identify potential affordable housing applicants.
In order to be eligible to join Homes North Affordable Housing Register, applicants will need to demonstrate that:
Eligibility Criteria Table
|Residency||Resident of Australia||As per Housing Pathways evidence||Yes|
|Income Eligibility||Low to moderate income|
|Proof of income||As defined in NSW Affordable Housing guidelines||Yes|
|Satisfactory rental references||Excellent rental references covering the past 3 years||Combination of written and verbal references, must include one written reference||Other evidence maybe accepted at discretion of Service Manager||Yes|
|Social housing tenant||Current social housing tenant||Rent statement|
Applicants who do not meet the first three criteria are not eligible for the programme and will not to be admitted to the Affordable Housing register.
Homes North is committed to ensuring transparency and equity of access to the Affordable Housing Program.
To be considered for the program applicants will be required to complete an application form. Questions on the form will address the eligibility criteria listed above.
A register of approved applicants will be maintained by Homes North. Offers of housing will be made to the longest-waiting applicant and those most in need.
Interest in applying for the program will be garnered through:
Although prioritisation of applicants is based on waiting time, Housing Officers will also consider other factors that may limit the sustainability of a tenant for a particular property, such as achieving a suitable balance of older and young people and families, as well as consideration of the immediate housing need of an applicant.
The allocation process will:
It is important to the success of the program that the applicant be able to exercise a level of choice; therefore, applicants will remain active on the Affordable Housing Register regardless of declining offers.
Rent is set at 80% of the market rent for the property, taking account of factors such as size, age and location of the property.
Tenants will be placed on an initial fixed term lease for a period of 24 months.
Should the tenant breach the Tenancy Agreement, by a proven breach, during the term of the lease action will be taken to terminate the tenancy through the NSW Consumer, Administrative and Tenancy Tribunal (NCAT). Exceptions may be made for minor and/or one-off breaches that are rectified and/or do not re-occur. Such exceptions will be at the discretion of the Senior Housing Manager.
At the end of this period, a further fixed term lease may be offered, depending on a number of factors, including:
Existing tenants are able to earn up to 25% above the maximum eligible income for moderate income before becoming ineligible.
The Ministerial Guidelines require Homes North to review eligibility and market rents regularly.
Homes North reviews market rents and eligibility for our Affordable Housing program annually.
Applicants and tenants have the right to appeal any decision Homes North make regard provision of housing.
Homes North has an Appeals Policy in place to manage appeals from applicants and tenants in relation to decisions about their eligibility, housing allocation, or proposed housing allocation or rent setting.
NSW Affordable Housing Guidelines Income Thresholds 2017-2018
The income thresholds for New England North -West are as for Remainder of NSW below.
|Household Type||Very Low||Low||Moderate|
|Single + 1||$29,100||$46,500||$69,800|
|Single + 2||$35,800||$57,200||$85,900|
|Single + 3||$42,500||$67,900||$102,000|
|Single + 4||$49,200||$78,600||$116,500|
|Couple + 1||$40,300||$64,400||$96,700|
|Couple + 2||$47,000||$75,100||$112,800|
|Couple + 3||$53,700||$85,800||$128,900|
|Couple + 4||$60,400||$96,500||$145,000|
The tables are updated annually by the Centre for Affordable Housing and are available on its website: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/providers/housing/affordable/manage/chapters/household-median-incomes-2017-18
NSW Affordable Housing Ministerial Guidelines 2017-18
Standard 1.1 Housing Allocation
National Standards for Disability Services (1.5, 1.6, 4.2)
Policy no: 1.1.1\2
Adopted: October 2018