Community housing management and stronger communities


This research sought to ascertain what approaches are currently being pursued in Australia by community housing providers as lead agencies to strengthen communities. Through a series of workshops with key stakeholders it found that community strengthening is an important and implicit objective underpinning community housing provision however there are few explicit strategies in place to achieve this goal. If this was made an explicit objective of community housing management, this would encourage suitable resourcing of community strengthening initiatives. These initiatives could include activities that improve access to housing, personal development and community services as well as supporting social and economic participation by tenants and local economic initiatives. In this way community housing organisations can contribute to community building in areas with limited public housing stock such as regional locations and high-cost city communities.

Project Number: 60025
Research Theme(s): Public and community housing, Social wellbeing
Project Leader: Farrar, Adam
Funding Year: 2000
Research Centre: Sydney

Published research reports

Download now Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 025: Do community housing organisations strengthen communities?
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Download now Positioning Paper: No. 003: Community housing management and stronger communities
511 KB PDF Document

Download now Final Report: No. 037: How does community housing help strengthen communities?
729 KB PDF Document


This project's primary research question was what approaches are currently being pursued in Australia by community housing providers as lead agencies to strengthen communities?. In answering this it aimed to provide a better basis for understanding the contribution that community housing can make as part of a range of social housing products, to meet the varying policy objectives that are loosely covered by the term, strengthening communities. In particular, the project aimed to link the exploration of these contributions to the specific objectives and experiences of the key stakeholders—providers, tenants and community members, and policy makers. The project methodology entailed conducting a series of linked workshops for key representatives of these stakeholder groups to: build a framework of potential ways in which community management could strengthen communities; to describe the actual initiatives in these areas and the successes and barriers experienced by practitioners; to evaluate the impacts of such initiatives on tenants and other community members; and to examine the applicability of such initiatives to the policy objectives of government.