Transfers and relocations

The transfer of public housing properties to community housing providers

The property and tenancy management of around 4,000 public housing properties were transferred to community housing providers in September 2017. This follows the successful transfer of 1,100 homes to community housing providers in 2015.

Renewal SA managed the transfer in conjunction with community housing providers, Housing SA, and tenants throughout the process. Community housing providers provide flexible housing management and can tailor their services to work with the needs of individual tenants and neighbourhoods.

Community housing providers are accessible and welcoming to tenants, offering opportunities for them to be involved in their communities. As not-for-profit organisations, community housing providers have access to a range of tax benefits not available to public housing providers. This means they are in a better financial position to spend more on improving the standard of housing they manage. In time, community housing providers will be able to undertake renewal activities and create more social housing for people who need it.

In November 2016, the State Government approved the following community housing providers, to manage around 4,000 public housing properties from Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Community Housing ProviderPackages allocated
Anglicare SAWoodville (and surrounding suburbs)
Community Housing LtdCentral Northern (including Northfield, Northgate and surrounding suburbs)
Common Ground Ltd (part of the housing Choices Australia Group)CBD & East (from Adelaide CBD and along the Torrens River Valley to Paradise)
Junction AustraliaFleurieu Peninsula and Morphettville ( and surrounding suburbs)
Unity Housing CompanyWestern Suburbs (Seaton, Findon and surrounding suburbs) and Limestone Coast (excludes Mount Gambier)

In October 2015, 1,100 public housing properties were transferred to the following community housing providers;

Community Housing ProviderPackages allocated
Anglicare SAElizabeth Grove and Elizabeth Vale
Junction AustraliaMitchell Park

Information for tenants

Renewal SA contacted all transferring tenants to let them know which approved community housing provider would take over the tenancy management of their property.

Throughout the transfer process Renewal SA's Tenant Liaison Officers, community housing providers and Housing SA worked closely with these transferring tenants and where appropriate, their carers and support services, outlining the transfer process and addressing their concerns.

The transfer of tenancy and property management does not change tenants’ rights and obligations. Tenancy agreements remain unchanged.

Some properties in the identified transfer areas are excluded, including properties being purchased by tenants and strata or community title properties, where Housing SA does not manage the whole strata or community title.

Contact Housing SA for more information.

Information for registrants

This project won’t affect people who have registered for, or are planning to register for, public or community housing.

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