How do you determine housing need?
As an affordable housing provider, our focus is to provide access to housing that is affordable for very low to moderate income earners.
Allocations are made based on a waitlist system from the date the application is received. Any changes in waitlist order are only based on bedroom and accessibility requirements.
what type of housing is available?
City West Housing (CWH) currently has 723 properties, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom units.
All our properties are located within the City of Sydney Local Government Area. We currently have units in Pyrmont, Ultimo and Green Square, North Eveleigh, Waterloo and Zetland.
how much rent will i pay?
In line with CWH’s rent policy, your rent amount will be calculated as the household contribution towards market rent based on gross household income. Contributions are set between 25% and 30% of gross household income, depending on which income band you fall into.
DO I NEED TO PAY A BOND?
Yes, the bond required is equal to 4 weeks rent.
HOW LONG WILL I WAIT BEFORE I AM HOUSED?
CWH is unable to provide any guarantee about how long you may have to wait to be offered housing, with wait times difficult to predict. To help you plan for your housing needs the average wait time for people housed with City West Housing over a 12 month period is provided below as a guide.
Bedrooms Average wait time
1 bedroom 2.5 years
2 bedroom 2.1 years
3 bedroom 3.8 years
Please keep your contact details up to date. That way when your time comes CWH can get in touch with you quickly to progress your application.
HOW MANY OFFERS WILL I RECEIVE?
Applicants will receive two reasonable offers of housing. A ‘reasonable offer of housing’ is one that is the appropriate number of bedrooms for the household and that considers any special requirements during the application assessment process.
A refusal of the second reasonable offer of housing will result in your application being withdrawn.
WHAT SIZE PROPERTY WILL I BE ELIGIBLE FOR?
The standard bedroom entitlements for CWH properties are:
No more than 2 persons per bedroom;
Children less than 5 years of age of different sexes may reasonably share a bedroom;
Children 5 years of age or older of opposite sex should have separate bedrooms; and
Children less than 18 years of age and of the same sex may reasonably share a bedroom.
If you have shared custody, the child/children are considered to be part of the household if you have custody of the children for 3 days per week or more. If you have custody of the children for 3 days per week or more normal bedroom entitlements apply.
IS CAR PARKING AVAILABLE?
Many of our buildings have some parking but it is very limited. Applications are taken once a year for parking. Applications from people with disabilities, those who do shift work and those with young children prioritised.
To download our parking policy CLICK HERE.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST INFORMATION
An Expression of Interest form is available for download. To download the PDF version CLICK HERE.
Please check whether you are eligible to join our register before applying.
Please submit your application with all required supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALTERNATIVE HOUSING OPTIONS
CWH encourages applicants to explore all of their housing options. It is important to remember that CWH cannot guarantee housing, even to those who are eligible to join our register, and that often a lengthy wait is involved. You may wish to explore your housing options with Housing Pathways. Housing Pathways is a common housing register of both community housing providers and public housing (FACS) across NSW. For more information on Housing Pathways you can:
Contact your local FACS office or participating community housing provider
Call 1300 HOUSING (1300 468 746)
Visit the Housing Pathways website CLICK HERE
Alternatively use the links following to find further information about:
CWH does not provide crisis accommodation.
If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you may wish to contact Link2home which is a state wide homelessness information and referral telephone service. The service provides information, conducts assessments, as well as makes referrals to homelessness services across NSW.
Link2home is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year on 1800 152 152.