How to Apply

The Eligibility Criteria and information on how to apply for a Junction Australia property are listed below:  


Community Housing

How to Apply for Community Housing

Community housing is not emergency accommodation.  It can be a long wait before you are offered a house and there is no guarantee that you will be housed.  If you are at risk of becoming or are currently homeless there are other support and homeless services that can assist you.

To become a tenant you must lodge a Registration of Interest form.

It is important to note that lodging a registration of interest form does not guarantee an offer of housing.  Available vacancies are allocated to those deemed to have the most urgent housing need and best match the available property.  The size of the Community Housing sector is small and tenancies are generally available for a medium to long term so vacancies are limited.

How to Register your Interest

In 2010 the South Australian Government introduced a Community Housing Customer Register. This means that you only need to lodge one Registration of Interest with one community housing organisation. Before requesting a Registration of Interest form from Junction Australia please check that you meet our eligibility criteria below.

 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Junction Australia housing applicants must:

  • Be socially or economically disadvantaged
  • Have experienced domestic or family violence (applies to head tenant only); or be homeless or at risk of homelessness because of domestic or family violence or other special need at the time of entry into community housing
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be able to live independently
  • Have limited alternative housing options
  • Be prepared to enter into a Tenancy Agreement of not less than three months duration

Note:  A number of Junction Australia properties are allocated to women only therefore at the time of housing allocation to one of these properties we will not house partners.

You will also need to meet the South Australian Government’s Housing Eligibility criteria relating to maximum levels of income and asset (exceptions to the criteria apply in extenuating circumstances).   Please check your eligibility by reading the “Eligibility Fact Sheet – Community Partnerships & Growth”.

We recommend you have a support worker or a support agency in place that is able to provide supporting documents which verify your circumstances and your need for housing.

To request a Registration of Interest form from click here or contact us on 8210 7000.

 What happens next?

After Junction Australia receives your Registration of Interest (ROI) Form you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of the ROI.

Junction Australia are able to access your information should a suitability property become available for which you are eligible.  Even if you have special circumstances it can still take a very long time before you are offered a property. This is because there may be other applicants with special circumstances who have already been approved for earlier housing assistance or the properties that become available may not match your circumstances. 

 

National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS)

How to Apply for Housing Under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS)

To be eligible to apply for NRAS housing you must be in receipt of a low, to median income.   Each NRAS property has a specific tenant target group allocated to it, either:

  • High Need
  • Low Income, or
  • Affordable Housing

When a vacancy occurs Junction Australia staff will determine what target group is required for the property and allocations will be made to households that meet the specific target group.

NRAS housing is not emergency accommodation.  It can be a long wait before you are offered a house and there is no guarantee that you will be housed.  If you are at risk of becoming or are currently homeless there are other support and homeless services that can assist you.

 Eligibility criteria

Prospective tenants wishing to apply for Affordable Housing must meet the following eligibility criteria relevant to the tenant target group:

 High Need

  • Tenant’s must be in receipt of an income that is between 60% to 120% of median income
  • High Need households must not pay more than 25% of their income to rent plus any entitlement to Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA)
    • High Needs households are defined as people affected by;
      • Homelessness or they are at risk of homelessness
      • Domestic violence
      • Long term disability issues
      • Discrimination
      • Chronic Medical condition preventing access to appropriate housing
      • Exiting medium to long term institutional care
      • Victim of major crime
      • Safety factors
      • Natural disaster
      • Chronic financial hardship
      • A lack of social skills and resources
  • Household composition must not exceed occupancy standards
  • Where applicable, applicants must meet the eligibility conditions of the WYATT Benevolent Institution as noted below;
    •  Receive a Centrelink payment or have a low household income (less than 80% of median income)
    • Have been living in South Australia for at least 5 years with an intent to remain in SA
    • The applicant is not in prison, on home detention or remand
    • The applicant agrees to sign a consent form permitting basic details to be provided to the Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc for their records

Low Income

  • Tenant’s must be in receipt of an income that is between 60% to 120% of median income
  • Low income households must not pay more than 30% of their income to rent plus any entitlement to Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • Household composition must not exceed occupancy standards
  • Where applicable applicants must meet the eligibility conditions of the WYATT Benevolent Institution as noted above

Affordable Housing

  • Tenant’s must be in receipt of an income that is between 60% to 120% of median income
  • Affordable Housing households must not pay more than 30% of their income to rent plus any entitlement to Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • Household composition must not exceed occupancy standard

How to apply

Registrants can register their interest for NRAS Housing by filling in a Registration of Interest Form

 

What happens next?

When Junction Australia receives your Registration of Interest (ROI) Form you will receive a letter of confirmation. 

Junction Australia is able to access your information should a suitable property become available and for which you are eligible.  Even if you have special circumstances it can still take a very long time before you are offered a property. This is because there may be other applicants with special circumstances who have already been approved for earlier housing assistance or the properties that become available may not match your household circumstances.

 Mental Health (HASP) Housing

Wait lists and referrals to this housing program are not managed by Junction Australia.

Junction Australia has partnered with Mental Health Australia to provide housing for people with long term enduring psychiatric illness.

Eligibility for HASP Housing is managed by Mental Health Australia.  Allocations are managed by an Allocations Committee which comprises of representatives from Mental Health, Junction & Women's Housing and non-government support providers.  Housing is only offered to people that are receiving assistance and are referred through the Mental Health system.

 Supported Social Housing

Wait lists and referrals to this housing program are not managed by Junction & Women’s Housing.

Junction Australia manages a number of properties that are allocated to homeless tenant target groups.  Tenants must agree to receive support from the relevant support agency that works with the tenants from the homeless target groups.

When a vacancy occurs, Junction Australia will advertise the vacancy to the relevant support agencies that work with the tenant target group.  Support agencies will be able to refer clients that they work with, that are homeless, require support and meet the tenant target group.

Allocations are made at an allocation meeting that comprises of representatives from; Junction Australia, the relevant support agencies and where required Housing SA.  Housing is only offered to people that are referred through their agency.

 Supported Tenancy Scheme (STS) Housing

Wait lists and referrals to this housing program are not managed by Junction Australia.

This supported accommodation is for a number of tenant target groups:

  • Young people 16 – 24 that are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who agree to access support from a support worker.
  • Single women who are escaping or at risk of Domestic or Family violence and who agree to access support from a support worker.
  • Aboriginal people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who agree to access support from a support worker.

To register interest in this housing option, applicants need to contact the following:-

Youth – For 24/7 assistance: Youth Gateway Service on 1300 306 046 or Junction Australia on 8392 3000 9am to 5pm.

Women experiencing Domestic or Family Violence – 1800 800 098 free call 24 hours

Aboriginal - Homelessness Gateway Service on 1800 003 308

 


Junction Australia’s registered national community
housing provider is Junction and Women’s Housing Ltd.

Copyright © 2017 Junction Australia