Common Equity Housing South Australia Ltd (CEHSA) was created in 2010 with the support and backing of the Community Housing Council of SA and Housing SA to assist housing cooperatives through management assistance in a climate of increased compliance demand. The purpose of the organisation is to strengthen, support and further develop community housing providers, especially housing co-operatives, by empowering them to build strong communities through providing administration, finance, property management and compliance support. Any surplus funds are invested back into additional services and infrastructure to support members. CEHSA is a member focussed, not-for-profit umbrella organisation with membership of volunteer member-tenant managed organisations or housing co-operatives and associations. Our newly appointed CEO-Transformation, Angela Carey, is committed to take the organisation in a new direction and is firmly focussed on growth and development by establishing stronger relationships across the sector and building a more sustainable financial platform.
Points of difference
CEHSA supports member operated housing co-operatives and associations operated by members who have a common need for secure, appropriate and affordable housing. In partnership with housing co-operatives and associations, CEHSA delivers a model of community living that remains true to the cooperative housing ideology and provides professional levels of support and service to members as the highest priority.
CEHSA currently supports eight member organisations, consisting of 122 properties across the greater Adelaide metropolitan area – from the coast to the hills and the southern suburbs to the north. The regional areas of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina, on the Yorke Peninsula, represent 32 of these properties.
CEHSA is committed to support people from many areas and member organisations are typically formed around specific social groups or social needs. This diversity is reflected in current member profiles, from all walks of life, ranging from single parents, musicians, artists, rural dwellers and differing cultural backgrounds. The 122 CEHSA properties support 129 primary tenants (some properties have joint primary tenants) and 230 total occupants, including co-tenants and dependents.
CEHSA delivers an umbrella model, which aims to provide successful outcomes for members who provide affordable and secure housing for lower income households and individuals. Member organisations continue to maintain a separate legal status, manage their tenancies’ day to day activities but are not required to be registered for the National Regulatory System (NRS) because Common Equity Housing SA is the registered body.
CEHSA has a history of partnering with both individuals and organisations who value a co-operative effort and self-determination to consolidate an independent future in community housing. The respect and values shared by CEHSA and member organisations is a great enabler to deliver improved outcomes for both tenants and the broader community. CEHSA is firmly focussed on delivering an outstanding level of support and service to member organisations. Through our united strength, we will deliver of model of community living that remains true to the cooperative housing ideology. Our professional business team and volunteer Board are dedicated to work for the best interests of our members.
The process to transition to CEHSA
If a housing co-operative decides to transition to Common Equity Housing SA, we will project manage the process and make sure there is clear two-way communication and transfer of information between all parties. Through this process the co-operative is provided with both a safety net and support base. Security of tenure is a critical consideration for existing housing co-operatives and CEHSA includes a term of 99 years in the Property and Services Agreement to demonstrate our commitment to the preservation of the tenancies within the application of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 and the associated Regulations.