Register for housing

Register for public and community housing

Public and community housing is mainly for vulnerable and low income households who can't access or maintain other forms of accommodation like renting privately.

It's not emergency accommodation. If you're homeless or at risk of becoming homeless there are crisis services that can help you.

Public and Aboriginal housing

Public housing is managed by Housing SA. Aboriginal housing is specifically for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Community housing

Community housing is provided and managed by non-government organisations.

Community housing providers are independent organisations with strong links to their community. They provide community housing for specific disadvantaged groups in the community.

Housing cooperatives, also known as volunteer member-tenant managed community housing, are managed by members who are usually also tenants. In these properties, tenants actively participate in running the organisation, providing up to 12 hours per week to the group. This includes making decisions and carrying out work related to:

  • addressing safety and legal matters
  • selecting tenants and members
  • maintaining and managing the properties and tenancies.

Eligibility

You can register your interest in community housing and public or Aboriginal housing if you meet all of the following conditions:

You may need to meet additional conditions if you're registering your interest in community housing.

You're not eligible for public or Aboriginal housing if you've been excluded from Housing SA's services because of disruptive behaviour.

If you've got a debt to Housing SA, you'll need to make and maintain an arrangement to repay it before you can be offered public or Aboriginal housing.

Multiple household groups

If there's more than one household group in your registration of interest, such as a couple with a child and a financially independent elderly parent, both households need to be eligible or have special circumstances.

Before you apply

Areas where public and community housing is available

Register your interest

In public or Aboriginal housing

When registering for public or Aboriginal housing, Housing SA may be able to register you for community housing if you're eligible.

Complete a registration of interest for public and community housing (129.8 KB PDF) form.

Return your completed form and all other documents including proof of income, to Housing SA.

Housing SA is your primary contact organisation if you have any questions or you need to update your information.

In community housing

Choose your preferred community housing provider.

Contact them to discuss your needs and ask for a registration of interest form.

Make sure they have properties available in an area you're prepared to live in.

Return your completed form and all other documents, such as proof of income, to the provider.

The provider is your primary contact organisation. Contact them if you have any questions or you need to update your information.

With a housing cooperative

Choose your preferred housing cooperative.

Make sure they have properties in the area you're prepared to live in.

Complete a housing cooperatives form.

Return your completed form and all other documents, such as proof of income, to Housing SA.

Housing SA is your primary contact organisation. Contact them if you have any questions or you need to update your information.

What happens next

You'll receive a letter telling you if you've successfully registered your interest or if more information is required.

You may be asked to attend an interview when applying for public or Aboriginal housing to discuss your situation.

Registrations are placed into a category based on need. Households with the highest level of need are generally offered housing first.

There are limited numbers of public and community housing. You may want to consider other housing services you may be eligible for.

Properties become available when the current tenants move out. It’s not possible to predict:

  • when this happens
  • what type of house becomes available
  • the area the house is in.

Updating your registration

Contact your primary contact organisation if your contact details change or if you want to cancel your registration of interest.

Otherwise, complete a change of circumstances form and return it to your primary contact organisation:

This includes:

  • changing your name
  • adding or removing someone from your registration
  • changes to income
  • changing the areas or types of houses you're registered for.

If you're removed from someone else's registration

If you were on someone else's registration and you've been removed, because of relationship breakdown for example, you can register your interest in your own name.

Contact your primary contact organisation to discuss your situation.


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Page last updated 10 September 2018

Provided by:
South Australian Housing Authority
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