The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) is a key initiative of the NSW Government’s 10-year vision for social housing Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.

St Vincent de Paul Housing (SVDPH) subcontracts Amélie Housing, the St Vincent de Paul Society’s national community housing provider, to provide asset and tenancy management and tailored support to tenants.

The Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales) conducted a longitudinal study tracking the wellbeing of its SAHF social housing tenants from 2019-2023. The study findings are presented in an earlier Baseline report (January 2023) and a final report (December 2023). The Final Report includes qualitative data from Wave 1 and 2 interviews with clients at the three case study sites of Campbelltown, Merrylands and Maitland and multi-year (2021-2023) survey data on tenant wellbeing and satisfaction with housing and support.

Interviews with tenants explored their experiences with Amélie Housing and the impact of receiving support from SVDP NSW on social participation and wellbeing. The first round focused on housing histories, moving into Amélie Housing, their experiences of housing and support, and their wellbeing. The second round focused on their current experiences of the housing and their wellbeing, and on what had changed since the first round of interviews (if anything). Tenant satisfaction survey data was used to provide comparison between selected tenant wellbeing outcomes for Amélie Housing tenants over time, and to compare this cohort with the broader community housing and social housing tenant populations, and the general Australian population, using common measures of wellbeing.

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The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) is a key initiative of the NSW Government’s 10-year vision for social housing Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.

St Vincent de Paul Housing (SVDPH), a special purpose community housing company owned by the Trustees of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (SVDP), is a contracted service provider under the SAHF. SVDPH subcontracts Amélie Housing, the St Vincent de Paul Society’s national community housing provider to provide asset and tenancy management, tailored support coordination services, and performance and data reporting. Amélie Housing subcontracts tailored support coordination services to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (SVDP NSW, the ‘Company’). 

SVDP NSW commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales) to conduct a longitudinal study tracking the wellbeing of its SAHF social housing tenants from 2019-2023. This baseline report includes analysis of data from Wave 1 interviews with clients at the three case study sites of Campbelltown, Merrylands and Maitland and survey data on tenant wellbeing and satisfaction with housing and support.

Interviews with tenants were designed to explore their experiences with Amélie Housing and the impact of receiving support from SVDP NSW on social participation and wellbeing. Survey data allows comparison between selected tenant wellbeing outcomes for Amélie Housing tenants, the broader population of social housing tenants and the general population. 

Thank you to Mark Ludbrooke, Rhiannon Cook and Solange Frost from the St Vincent de Paul Society and Arthur Chapman from St Vincent de Paul Housing. Thanks also to Malcolm Picken, Amélie Housing’s SAHF Program Manager, to James Newell and all the Tailored Support Coordinators at St Vincent de Paul NSW, and to the tenants who participated in interviews and shared their views with the researchers.

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