Housing Applications

The Great Southern Community Housing Association (GSCHA) provides housing for people on low to moderate income through Social and Affordable Housing.

Social Housing - Albany

To be eligible for social housing (band A) households must meet the Department of Housing eligibility criteria as per the Community Housing Income and Asset Limits Policy (CLICK HERE)

Application for Social Housing is made by completing an Application for Rental Housing form and ticking the YES box on the cover page that asks “do you also wish to be considered for a community housing property”, which can be downloaded from the Department of Housing website (CLICK HERE) or by attending the Department’s regional office in your area. 

If eligible, you will be placed on the joint wait-list which is managed by the Department of Housing. The GSCHA accesses the joint wait-list online when a property becomes available to rent. 

Please contact the Department of Housing if you have any questions relating to your application or if you would like to update the details of your application.

Social Housing - Great Southern Regional

For enquiries about housing applications for regional areas such as Denmark; Mt Barker; Katanning; Gnowangerup; Jerramungup; Ravensthorpe; Lake Grace; Bremer Bay; Kojonup; Varley & Newdegate, please contact our office on 9845 9697 or email admin@gscha.com.au

Rent

Rent is calculated on a household’s gross assessable income (all people living in the property receiving income). Rent is charged at no more than 25% of total household assessable income plus commonwealth rent assistance OR market rent, whichever is the lesser.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing (band B) is for households with income that exceed the eligibility criteria for social housing (band A) and do NOT exceed the eligibility criteria for entry to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) (CLICK HERE)

Affordable Housing is targeted to ineligible public housing tenants in the first instance. If there are no Band B eligible public housing tenants, then allocation may be made to Band B applications held at the GSCHA. 

If you are not currently a public housing tenant who exceeds the public housing eligibility criteria, you may make application at the GSCHA. Please note that housing will first be made available to public housing tenants who exceed public housing eligibility criteria (public housing tenants no longer eligible for the property they are currently renting from the Department) providing they meet the eligibility criteria.

Rent

Rent is calculated on a household’s income (all people living in the property receiving income). Rent is charged at between 25-30% of total household income (net) plus commonwealth rent assistance OR market rent, whichever is the lesser.