UnitingSA Housing has attained Tier 1 status through Australia’s national regulatory system, reaffirming its position as a leading provider of community housing.

This classification through the National Regulatory System for Community Housing demonstrates UnitingSA Housing’s commitment to delivering high-quality, affordable housing, and recognises its huge potential for growth.

UnitingSA CEO Jenny Hall said it was a proud moment for the organisation, which has a large portfolio of affordable housing in South Australia.

“Our community housing team are very proud to have received this respected industry classification, which recognises the anticipated growth of our portfolio over the coming years,” Ms Hall said.

“It demonstrates our capacity to meet the highest level of performance requirements and regulatory standards, and will support us to increase our supply of high quality, affordable accommodation for people in need.

“It is testament to our team who work tirelessly to create homes that enhance the wellbeing of our tenants.”

UnitingSA Housing also this month became a registered Specialist Disability Accommodation provider through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This will allow the organisation to diversify its housing portfolio to meet the needs of people living with disability.

UnitingSA Housing began as Portway Housing in 1984 to help address overcrowding and rising rental prices in the Port Adelaide area, explained Ben Moore, UnitingSA’s Executive Manager of Property and Housing.

“Initially the program consisted of seven houses and six units located in Adelaide’s northwest,” Mr Moore said.

“Today, we have close to 600 properties spread right across the metropolitan area, as well as in a number of regional centres.

“There is a great deal of excitement around the future growth of our housing portfolio, with plans for nearly 100 more properties currently in the pipeline.

“As we’ve grown, we’ve continued to put the needs of people seeking shelter at the heart of what we do, and we are excited to continue that culture into the future.

“Now, more than ever, people need our help as they face rising living costs and soaring rental prices.

“We are very proud of our past, but this change brings about real confidence for our future and our efforts to support South Australians at this critical time.”