UNITY HOUSING COMPANY is the largest single provider of community housing in South Australia. We provide a home to more than 1300 people each night. With a turnover of over $9 million per annum, the Company manages an asset base valued at over $150 million with a staff of 43 operating out of 5 offices across the Adelaide metropolitan area.
As one of a select number of State Government nominated “Preferred Growth Providers” we aim to rapidly build the scale and breadth of our housing portfolio.Over the past decade, housing has become less affordable and the housing needs of our community more complex. It has become evident that to address the fundamental issue of a lack of housing supply new and more sophisticated responses are required from the non government sector.
Unity, a public company limited by guarantee, was established in 2008 as a direct response to these challenges with a specific strategic goal of creating new opportunities for people otherwise unable to access the housing market to live in affordable and sustainable housing.Although newly established we have a long tradition of working for social justice. Unity was created through the transfer of assets from a number of like-minded and highly respected housing organisations who had been delivering housing services to low income and disadvantaged people in South Australia for over 30 years.
We continue to provide housing services to established high need target groups whilst also building the capacity to develop strategic partnerships with Government and commercial interests to deliver additional housing stock, at scale, through the establishment of a broader affordable housing program.In keeping with our background the core of our work is with people who are vulnerable, particularly those living with a disability or experiencing homelessness. However, increasingly we are also working with people for whom the housing boom has been a burden and, despite having a job, find themselves excluded from the housing market.We do this by providing access to a wide range of housing options from low cost boarding house rooms through to affordable housing that people can purchase when they’re ready.
We have learnt that housing must be tailored to the needs of the individual, so we offer a broad spectrum of housing, ranging from housing for people with disabilities who need high levels of support to people who simply need the right housing, in the right place, for the right price. We aim to ensure that all housing we put on the ground is sustainable in the long term for the individual, the environment and the local community.