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Social housing is short, medium and long-term rental housing that is owned and run by the government or not-for-profit agencies.
Social housing is made up of two types of housing, public housing and community housing.
Public housing is a form of long-term social housing managed by us.
It is for people on low incomes that are most in need and have no other accommodation options. This includes those who have recently experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.
When you apply for social housing you can also apply for Community Housing. Community Housing is a form of long-term housing managed by not-for-profit organisations.
Community Housing provides housing options for people who meet the eligibility criteria and affordable rentals for those on low to moderate incomes.
You may need to apply for rental assistance from Services Australia for Community Housing.
If you are housed in Community Housing you are no longer on the register for public housing. You cannot transfer from a Community Housing property to a public housing property. You will need to complete a new application.
Affordable Housing includes housing with discounted rent and purchase options. Some of these are managed by ACT Government and some by Community Organisations.
For further information please see Affordable Housing Options.
Page updated: 01 Aug 2022
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.


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