Housing development opportunities and consultation

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The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development sought submissions from the community housing sector and/or non-government organisations for opportunities in Alice Springs and Katherine to lease and manage properties for a minimum of 10 years.

Alice Springs

The Request for Proposals for  27, 29 and 31 Poeppel Gardens, Gillen, has now closed.

The Central Australian Affordable Housing Company (CAAHC) was the successful applicant.

Katherine

The Request for Proposals for 18 Bernhard Street, Katherine South has now closed.

St Vincent de Paul was the successful applicant.

More information

For more information contact the Head Leasing and Projects team on (08) 8946 5164 or housing.projects@nt.gov.au

The Northern Territory Government is developing an NT Homelessness Strategy and 5 Year Action Plan 2018-2022.

To inform the development of the Homelessness Strategy, a Homelessness Innovation Fund has been established for service providers to trial innovative services. $1 million per year over the next two years was allocated for the Fund.

The Homelessness Innovation Fund aims to change the way government works with the non-government sector to deliver better housing support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In 2016, non-government organisations applied for funding to test innovative ideas and work together to improve housing and homelessness outcomes. The following initiatives were successful and have commenced operations:

  • Salvation Army’s ‘Katherine Doorways Hub’

The Hub is a day centre for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Hub provides dignity services and a point of entry to Katherine based support services through a case-management and referral approach. A key aspect of the program is the collaborative partnerships established with a range of service providers to collectively address barriers that prevent people from accessing support.

  • The Salvation Army’s ‘The Nest’

Operating in Darwin, the Nest assists people experiencing homelessness through a private rental housing program with case management and support to successfully integrate to independent living. The Nest also provides mentoring and personal development opportunities for program participants in partnership with the NT Thunder Football Club.

  • Central Australian Affordable Housing Company’s ‘My Place’.

My Place includes two programs aimed at preventing homelessness. One program provides subsidised private rent, primarily targeting people who have mental illness and women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence. This program offers tenancy mentoring and wrap-around case management support through a partnership model with the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Alice Springs Women's Shelter. The other program will assist individuals and families by facilitating access to private rental housing that meets their needs. This program is targeted to people who have the financial means and capacity to maintain a tenancy, and will assist in the process to secure and sustain a private rental home.

This program aims to increase the number of social housing properties available to low income Territorians and their families.

The department is also seeking to increase the availability of properties suitable for seniors and people with a disability.

The department offers long-term leases to property owners, then subleases those properties to tenants who qualify for social housing.

On 1 August 2017, the department announced a Request for Proposals for property developers interested in constructing new dwellings to lease back to the department for a period of six years with an option for a further three years. The 2017 social housing head-leasing initiative sought to secure 200 dwellings.

Thirty-two proposals were received from Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine, indicating a strong level of interest from industry.

Following the first round process, 22 proposals consisting of a mixture of new builds and existing dwellings in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs were shortlisted for negotiation.

The department has reached agreement in-principle for the first round of successful projects to deliver 172 head-leased dwellings, consisting of 128 new constructions, plus 44 existing dwellings. Agreements for 42 existing dwellings in Parap and two units in Alice Springs have been committed to partially address the 2017-18 target of 77 leases.

Construction of new developments will commence during 2017-18 or in the first half of 2018-19.

The Northern Territory has the highest rate of homelessness in Australia, at almost 12 times the national average.

The NT Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 aims to strengthen the foundations of the service system to deliver improved housing and support outcomes for Territorians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To deliver these outcomes, the strategy focuses on five priority actions to achieve service improvements across a range of key areas.

The NT Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 PDF (11.5 MB).

Last updated: 13 August 2019

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