Success with Community Housing Program

Community Housing Program Update


Taking on the management of the St Mary’s site just south of the Gap was CAAHC’s first venture into community housing within Alice Springs. This project has provided us with an opportunity to show case the community housing management model and demonstrate its benefits. It has also allowed us to establish key aspects of our community housing management systems.

Highlights of the year have included:
• Continued provision of 12 affordable housing dwellings at 75% of market rent to low income workers and households reliant on statutory payments. Our tenants are predominantly indigenous families.

• Negotiating three commercial leases over the three non-residential buildings on site. We now have three social enterprises running programs from St Mary’s. They are Civil Train, Red Dust Role Models and Tangentyere Employment Services. These organisations are instigating exciting community development & job training projects benefitting both Aboriginal people and the broader community.

• Negotiating a lease on one of the larger dwellings with Life Without Barriers which will enable several people with disabilities to live in a residential community setting.

• The continued positive working relationship with the Anglican Diocese of NT which is the owner of the site – we have renegotiated the lease which has allowed us to exercise our option for an additional 2 years (to June 2017) thus providing greater certainty to tenants.

With St Mary’s now fully occupied and a new lease in place for 3 years we look forward to continued partnership with the Anglican Diocese of NT. CAAHC values the positive relationship with Leeanne Zamagias (Diocesan Registrar) and Rev. Brian Jeffries (Parish Vicar) who have formed a local St Mary’s Building Committee charged with the responsibility to develop a plan for the future. We look forward to assisting them explore the opportunities for future use and / or development of the site.