Build & Grow Aboriginal Community Housing Strategy
The Build & Grow Aboriginal Community Housing Strategy "Build & Grow" is aimed at providing the necessary business infrastructure for a robust and effective Aboriginal community housing sector in NSW.
To achieve this aim, the Build & Grow strategy launched in February 2010 by the NSW Minister for Housing, incorporates a range of coordinated measures to:
- assess and monitor key aspects of the performance of Aboriginal Community Housing Providers on an ongoing basis,
- improve property and tenancy management,
- strengthen financial and business management,
- improve the quality of housing available to Aboriginal people,
- increase rental income and in turn, aid viability.
Key initiatives in the strategy include
• the Provider Assessment & Registration System (PARS),
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• a consistent Rent policy,
• Capacity Building business support,
• the Backlog Repairs and Maintenance Program, and
• the Head lease program to assist struggling housing providers.
Sector performance monitoring
To maintain registration, approved providers must undergo periodic assessment, and submit regular reports on any properties they are managing. Those in receipt of subsidies must also provide regular reports on their activities to the AHO.
The AHO Contract & Performance Management (CPM) unit is responsible for the reporting and performance requirements associated with subsidy payments and the management of subleases.
We are supporting registered providers to manage these homes by developing their business capacity and introducing a new Build & Grow rent policy. The policy sets rents to provide sufficient revenue for providers to operate efficiently and assist tenants to pay rent!