Transfers and relocations

The transfer of public housing properties to community housing providers

The property and tenancy management of approximately 5,000 public housing properties have been transferred to the community housing sector.

Approximately 48 additional properties will be transferred in late March 2018.

Renewal SA manages the transfer of properties in collaboration with community housing providers, Housing SA and tenants throughout the process.

Community housing providers are able to 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 and offer opportunities for tenants 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 October 2015, 1,087 public housing properties were transferred to the following community housing providers

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

In November 2016, the State Government approved the following community housing providers, to manage 4,003 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)

Information for tenants

Renewal SA wrote to all transferring tenants informing them of the approved community housing provider who will be taking over the tenancy and property management of their home. Throughout the transfer process Renewal SA's Tenant Liaison Officers, community housing providers and Housing SA have worked closely with these transferring tenants and, where appropriate, their carers and support services, outlining the transfer process and addressing any concerns they may have.

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

Some properties in the identified transfer areas are excluded, including properties being purchased by tenants and some specialised housing programs.

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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