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What is affordable rental housing?

Affordable rental housing is housing that is appropriate for the needs of very low to moderate income households and is priced so that these households are also able to meet other basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, medical care and education.


Affordable housing may include one, two or three bedroom units or houses, as well as studio apartments. It is only available in some locations and eligibility criteria apply. Affordable rental housing is usually managed by non-government community housing providers, and/or by private organisations.


Many different people need affordable rental housing and for lots of different reasons. This may include people who work full- or part-time in lower paid jobs. It also includes people who may be going through a change in their lives which effects their financial situation - such as having a baby, getting a divorce or leaving home for the first time and people receiving a government pension or benefit.


Affordable housing is not the same as social housing. You do not have to be eligible for social housing to apply for affordable housing, though people who are eligible for social housing may also be eligible for affordable housing properties.


For more information about specific affordable housing properties in NSW, or to apply, contact an affordable housing manager from this contact list.


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Last modified: Monday, 5 May 2014
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