UnitingSA Housing has added a further 23 homes to the organisation’s community housing portfolio through a merger with the Salisbury Housing Cooperative Incorporated.

The homes are located in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and will add to the UnitingSA’s strong community housing portfolio of more than 600 homes, including 150 retirement living units.

UnitingSA Executive Manager Property and Housing Ben Moore said tenants had been advised of the merger earlier this year, with the official transfer taking place on 13 May.

“UnitingSA Housing has provided affordable housing to people across metropolitan Adelaide since 1984,” Mr Moore said.

“The UnitingSA Housing portfolio includes a mix of social, affordable and retirement living properties and tenants are encouraged to become involved with tenant engagement programs and volunteering,” he said.

“They can also seek support through UnitingSA’s other social support services which include financial counselling, family and relationships programs, no-interest loans and mental health support.”

“We believe providing affordable housing is about more than giving people a roof over their heads. It’s an opportunity to build a strong community, and to help tenants live their best life,” Mr Moore said.

UnitingSA’s Community Housing division, UnitingSA Housing, began as Portway Housing and was formed to help address overcrowding and rising rental prices in the Port Adelaide area.

Initially the program consisted of seven houses and six units located in Adelaide’s northwest.

Today, UnitingSA has around 460 Community Housing properties and 150 Retirement Living Units located across the metropolitan area, as well as in a number of regional centres.

“There are also a further 51 properties currently under construction, and more projects planned as part of UnitingSA 10 Year Housing Pipeline,” Mr Moore said.

The properties are located in Para Hills, Elizabeth, Paralowie, Salisbury and Hillbank.