About public and community housing
Public and community housing is not emergency accommodation. If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, there are other services that can help you.
Public and community housing is rental accommodation provided primarily to vulnerable low income households who are unable to maintain other forms of accommodation.
You can register for public or community housing if you are eligible.
Housing need categories
Most providers give priority to households with the highest housing needs. Households with highest needs are offered housing ahead of other households.
People in urgent need of housing that have long term barriers to accessing or maintaining private housing options
People who are not currently in urgent housing need but have long term barriers to accessing or maintaining private housing options or those who meet the needs test
People who don't have urgent housing needs or long term barriers to other housing options
If you have a moderate or lower housing need, you may not be offered housing because public and community housing is limited.
You may want to consider other types of housing assistance that could be available to you now. This includes help paying a bond or affordable home ownership. You can find more information about other housing assistance through the Housing Services Finder.
If you register your interest in community housing, you will be automatically considered for properties under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). More information about the scheme is available on the Australian government website.
Public housing is managed and maintained by Housing SA. Some public housing is set aside for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Public housing is not always the best option because the choice is limited.
Community housing is administered, maintained and managed by non-government organisations. There are two types of community housing providers:
Community housing providers
Previously called housing associations, community housing providers are run by independent skills based boards with strong links to their community. They provide housing for specific disadvantaged groups in the community. Vacancies in community housing are not high, so people should consider a range of options.
Volunteer member-tenant managed community housing
Previously called housing co-operatives, volunteer member-tenant managed (VMTM) community housing is administered, maintained and managed by members, who are usually tenants. This requires a commitment of up to 12 hours per week by member-tenants to make decisions and carry out all functions related to:
- governance, risk management, legal compliance
- member and tenant selection
- maintenance and property management
- tenancy and rent management
Vacancies in VMTM housing are limited, so people should consider a range of options.
On this site
Housing Services Finder to search for other housing options.