Tackling affordable housing

Affordable housing has become an important issue in Australia, particularly in Sydney, Melbourne and major regional centres.

In response to the increased demand for housing options and the need to support more vulnerable community members, Clarence Valley Council has developed an Affordable Housing Strategy.

Council was successful in receiving funding from the Department of Community Services (DoCS) through the Area Assistance Scheme (AAS) to jointly fund a three year Clarence Valley Affordable Housing Project. The project has the following objectives:

  • research the existing housing situation, undertake a housing needs analysis of low income people in the Clarence Valley and make recommendations for strategies to increase land available for affordable housing
  • create links and processes between Council’s physical land use planning, economic development and social infrastructure development to ensure Council can continue to facilitate the expansion of affordable housing
  • develop partnerships with the private and community sector to increase affordable housing
  • plan and develop four affordable housing projects in the Clarence Valley with the agreed partners.

Much has been achieved in a short timeframe, including:

  • completing the Clarence Valley Housing Needs Analysis Report, presented to Council in March 2007
  • delivering the Clarence Valley Affordable Housing Forum, attended by delegates from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads in July 2007
  • achieving endorsement of the Clarence Valley Affordable Housing Strategy in November 2007
  • investigating and identifying potential partners to develop affordable housing
  • identifying suitable land, potential housing and financial models for provision of affordable housing.