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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4518 ..


(2) How many of these properties referred to in part (1) charge rent that is based on a percentage of a household’s income, for example, no more than 30% of disposable income, and how many charge rent based on a percentage of market rent, for example, 74.9% or less of market rent and how are these expected to change in the future.

(3) What levels of gross income per annum would households have to be earning to be eligible for community housing that is rented out at 74.9% of market rent and how do these income levels compare with median household income levels for the ACT.

(4) What evidence is there to show that all households that are renting community housing properties at 74.9% of market rent are paying less than 30% of their disposable income in rent.

(5) What are the general income levels that are the cut-off point for public housing eligibility.

(6) What is being done to target community housing towards those households that are unable to qualify for public housing and are in housing stress.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As reported under Output 1.1 Social Housing Services, there are 244 community housing properties. It should be noted that this figure includes group or share accommodation such as Havelock House and Ainslie Village which are counted as single properties but house multiple tenants. When individual tenancies are considered rather than individual properties the figure is 510 tenancies, as reported in 2008-09 Community Housing Survey.

In addition there are housing properties which are owned or tenancy managed by community housing organisations which were not funded by Housing ACT and are not subject to reporting arrangements to Housing ACT.

(2) Of the community housing providers funded by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, Havelock Housing Association has in place service funding arrangement which enable it to house up to one third of tenants and Havelock House (104 x 0.33= 34.4 tenants), and Gungahlin Singles Accommodation (21x 0.33=7) at the affordable rate of 74.9% of market rent. The remainder of tenants would be charged approximately 25% assessable income as rent.

(3) Please refer to CHC website at

http://www.chcaffordablehousing.com.au/about-temp-us.php?pT=22

These criteria apply both to affordable rental in community housing properties and affordable rental in other CHC properties.

For other providers please refer to the PRHAP determination at

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2010-454/current/pdf/2010-454.pdf

(4) Disposal income of households is not recorded. The standard definition of housing stress is rent above 30% gross income, not disposable income.


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