What is Affordable Housing?

We often find the term ‘Affordable Housing’ and its role within the continuum of housing options to be misunderstood.

At BHC, Affordable Housing presents a long-term, secure housing alternative for low to moderate income households who have been priced out of inflated private markets.

Housing is generally considered to be affordable when:

  • The dwelling is appropriate in terms of its design, location and access to services and facilities; and
  • The residents of the Affordable Housing are able to pay their rent and still have enough income left over to meet their non-housing needs such as food, transport and healthcare.
  • In many cases Affordable Housing is developed by a not for profit organisation such as BHC and offered to tenants who meet specific eligibility criteria.
  • Affordable Housing is not the same as Public Housing which is owned and managed by the State Government.