Who we are
Who we are and what we do…
CHCWA is the industry Peak Body for community and affordable housing organisations in WA. It advocates for affordable housing and supports the industry to grow and develop in response to housing need around the State.
CHCWA’s core operating principle is that all West Australians are entitled to safe, secure and affordable housing because it is fundamental to individual and community well being. Inclusiveness, ethical practice, respect, collaboration and innovation are the core values underpinning our business activities.
Policy and advocacy
CHCWA represents the WA Community Housing sector at all relevant levels of State and Federal Government. In so doing, CHCWA adopts a consultative and collaborative approach with key sector and Government stakeholders to ensure that our policy reflects the views of the sector and is mindful of the requirements of Government policy makers. We are proactive and seek to identify emerging issues as well as contribute to policy debate initiated by the Government.
One of CHWA’s objectives is to raise awareness of housing affordability issues in the broader community. The community and affordable housing sector is only one part of a much larger continuum and is heavily affected by the behaviour of the broader housing market. As such our policy and advocacy strategy is not limited to community and affordable housing.
The growth of the community housing industry is central to the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020. At a national level, community and affordable housing organisations using not-for profit business models are becoming the engines for growth in terms of social and affordable housing provision. CHCWA promotes the sector to a range of stakeholders, including those in the private sector, highlighting both the sector’s successes and its vast potential to address WA’s chronic shortage of social and affordable housing.
Sector development and sector efficiency
CHCWA takes a lead role in facilitating the development of the sector. We do this by offering guidance to Community Housing Organisations regarding best practice management as well as offering training courses and workshops designed to improve their operating models in a variety of ways. CHCWA believes that the most important objective for our sector is to increase the number of community and affordable housing units there are in the State. To realise this, CHCWA aims to facilitate alliances and partnerships between Community Housing Organisations that create efficiencies and maximise the sector’s potential for growth.
Full CHCWA membership is open to incorporated and unincorporated non-Government not-for-profit organisations that have community housing provision as their main objective as well as incorporated organisations that manage or sponsor community housing as part of their operation.
Associate membership is open to other organisations and interested individuals.
If you would like to know more about becoming a member of CHCWA, please telephone 08 9221 7933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (reception null@null communityhousing NULL.com NULL.au)
Membership fees are based on the number of dwellings managed by the member:
0 – 10 = $80
11 – 50 = $190
51 – 100 = $400
101 – 250 = $520
251 – 400 = $750
401 – 500 + = $1100 (GST inc)
Individual = $45
Organisation = $95