Strategic Intent

What is the most important thing to you in the one page Strategic Intent? What’s missing? What needs refinement? What needs strengthening?

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Emma O'Halloran

30 Aug 2019

Research shows that there is a deficiency of more than 600,000 social and affordable homes in Australia, which is projected to be in excess of one million by 2036.
With almost 6,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in South Australia, generating more supply needs to be the top priority.
The most important factor in the Strategic Intent is the exploration of new initiatives to attract new housing developers and developments who can directly increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
This housing crisis is too big for any single entity, charity or individual to tackle alone. Initiatives are desperately needed that can encourage the entire South Australian Community to rally together and make a difference to support those in need.
What’s missing in the Strategic Intent is the commitment to earnestly look for such initiatives.
Homes for Homes is an example of an innovative new community led initiative that can generate an ongoing funding stream to complement existing government funding such as the Commonwealth Rent Assistance Scheme and National Rental Assistance Scheme. It does this by encouraging property owners to consider donating to help end homelessness in their state, at the time they sell their property.
Already proven to be working, this recently launched model has generated nearly $1 million, which has been granted back to Community Housing Providers to increase supply.
Governments can and are already choosing too incentivise developers who agree to register their housing stock with Homes for Homes. In addition, Homes for Homes recently gained State Government support from the Premier of South Australia for the non-collection of fees for the lodgement and withdrawals of caveats and associated title searches (lodging caveats is the mechanism used to recognise a Homes for Homes participating property), reinforcing the value of initiatives such as Homes for Homes in helping increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
If every new home built in South Australia each year is registered with Homes for Homes (therefore inviting these new homeowners to make a small tax-deductible donation to Homes for Homes when they sell in the future), with an average of 10,000 homes being built per year, over $400 million could be generated and invested in South Australia to increase the supply of social and affordable housing every 30 years.

Kate Daniels

29 Aug 2019

I cannot see strategic intent that includes "investors" and "developers" in the conversation. In particular, new social housing reformers who may have the underlying values required to leverage expertise and solutions around sustainable and social housing issues. Often these individuals are driven by core values together with "business acumen". Rent to buy options within larger developments that meet immediate "emergency housing solutions" - moving to "stable long term rental" that can be bought. Providing housing and community that meets needs of homeless, those at risk and those who very much chose to live in such a development by choice - because after all sustainable developments are attractive to many

Mark Shepley

12 Aug 2019

Housing and homelessness needs a multi-Government ministry, department and agency approach linking services such as health, family services and financial circumstances as well as housing. Services need to be provided to people in a more collaborative way. Rather than an individual seeking a number of services and then working with them independantly, the services should work together as well ensuring that the individual and their family where applicable gets the best possible services and outcomes.

We need to ensure that there needs to be a range of services as well that cover everything from education and prevention, enabling people to maintain their homes and crisis services for people experiencing homelessness.

There also needs to be a service or services that ensures that tenants and people at risk of homelessness continue to have a voice in the development of services and to raise issues as they arise.

Alice Clark

26 Jul 2019

The most important thing in the Strategic Intent is that it addresses the housing system as a whole and includes State Government, industry and the not for profit sector. The recognition that housing is a form of economic infrastructure is a step forward. We would like to see social housing specifically identified as economic infrastructure.

There are many economic flow-on effects of investment in social housing such as increased employment, education, community participation, better health outcomes, and reduced crime and incarceration rates. The costs of investment are offset by reduced expenditure on a range of health care, support and human services that exist due to the myriad of health and social problems that arise out of increased rental stress and homelessness.

We would also like to see increased resources for private renter information, education, advice, advocacy and representation and the need for a long-term plan. For the reform of the homelessness system we need to avoid a wholesale tender process in order to keep what is working well and develop services that are underperforming.

John Piovesan

10 Jul 2019

There needs to be better integration of services in the Homelessness sector. A start would be encouraging tighter grouping of services and interconnectivity. Different services in one place while at the same time providing choice so that it will show up services that need improving. The Homelessness sector is made up of a lot of relatively small services. There could be a benefit of having some of the larger organizations like DASA & Mental Health Services spend some time at some of the Homelessness Services to encourage better integration of delivery and a more multidisciplinary approach. This could be done by linking them with the teams of different sites like Westcare & Hutt St Centres.

Joel Dignam

08 Jul 2019

I am interested in the points around private rental market reform and also "increase security of rental tenancies". A great way to increase the security of rental tenancies would be to eliminate unfair evictions where the landlord can evict tenants without needing to provide any reason. This would also give tenants more confidence to enforce their rights. In contrast, long-term leases are probably a bad idea as they risk locking people in to a lease which may end up not suiting them, and could be very costly to break.