Draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy

Public exhibition

Central Coast Council is seeking public comment on the Draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy.

The strategy includes 28 recommended actions to address the growing need for affordable and alternative housing options on the Central Coast. This strategy and the 28 actions have been developed after extensive research and in consultation with key stakeholders in the housing sector.

To help make an informed submission, we encourage you to read the strategy and related documentation, the FAQs and watch the videos below.

The public exhibition period closes at 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is housing that is appropriate for the needs of a range of households on low to moderate incomes. It is priced so that these households are also able to meet other basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, education and medical care.

A common benchmark is housing that does not absorb more than 30% of the gross income of very low, low or moderate income households.

There are a range of reasons why anyone in our community might need affordable housing, for example:

  • young people seeking to live closer to educational institutions such as TAFE or university
  • recently separated people with children, who are now on a single income and can no longer stay in their family home
  • older people whose spouse has passed away and are on a reduced retirement income.

There is a common misconception that affordable housing refers only to social or community housing. This is not true - affordable housing is much more than this and a diverse mix of housing types is required to meet the needs of a diverse community.

The videos below show two case studies on modern affordable housing developments and how they have helped a range of different people (Source: NSW Federation of Housing Associations)

We encourage you to watch these videos, in addition reading the material provided before making a submission.


How can I provide feedback on the draft Strategy?

The public exhibition period is open from Monday 10 September to Friday December 21 2018.

Submissions will be accepted until 5pm Friday December 21 2018 . Send your submission by:

Email (preferred): ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Post: PO Box 21, Gosford NSW 2250 or PO Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259

Online: Submission form

Your attention is drawn to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 which allows for possible access to certain public and personal documentation.

Central Coast Council is seeking public comment on the Draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy.

The strategy includes 28 recommended actions to address the growing need for affordable and alternative housing options on the Central Coast. This strategy and the 28 actions have been developed after extensive research and in consultation with key stakeholders in the housing sector.

To help make an informed submission, we encourage you to read the strategy and related documentation, the FAQs and watch the videos below.

The public exhibition period closes at 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is housing that is appropriate for the needs of a range of households on low to moderate incomes. It is priced so that these households are also able to meet other basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, education and medical care.

A common benchmark is housing that does not absorb more than 30% of the gross income of very low, low or moderate income households.

There are a range of reasons why anyone in our community might need affordable housing, for example:

  • young people seeking to live closer to educational institutions such as TAFE or university
  • recently separated people with children, who are now on a single income and can no longer stay in their family home
  • older people whose spouse has passed away and are on a reduced retirement income.

There is a common misconception that affordable housing refers only to social or community housing. This is not true - affordable housing is much more than this and a diverse mix of housing types is required to meet the needs of a diverse community.

The videos below show two case studies on modern affordable housing developments and how they have helped a range of different people (Source: NSW Federation of Housing Associations)

We encourage you to watch these videos, in addition reading the material provided before making a submission.


How can I provide feedback on the draft Strategy?

The public exhibition period is open from Monday 10 September to Friday December 21 2018.

Submissions will be accepted until 5pm Friday December 21 2018 . Send your submission by:

Email (preferred): ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Post: PO Box 21, Gosford NSW 2250 or PO Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259

Online: Submission form

Your attention is drawn to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 which allows for possible access to certain public and personal documentation.