Community Housing

Community housing is affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes with a housing need. This type of housing is owned by, or under the legal control of, a community housing organisation.

These organisations are generally, but not always, not-for-profit.  Local governments also provide community housing. 
Community housing organisations are skilled in matching people to properties by assigning housing according to individual requirements and paying attention to location, design and support needs. Types of accommodation provided by these organisations include crisis, transitional and long-term housing.
The Department of Communities aims to work in partnership with the community housing sector to achieve its vision of opening more doors for Western Australians. Community housing organisations may be assisted by the Department through a combination of funding initiatives and policies that aim to support their viability.

Who provides community housing?

View the Registered Providers page for a full list of registered community housing providers.

How can I apply for Community Housing?

If you want to apply for community housing with the Department, you must complete a Housing Options Assessment at any Housing Office​. The assessment will provide you with information about a range of housing products and services you may be eligible for. You need to apply for Rental Housing and tick a box on the form to be considered for community housing.

Applicants who would like assistance in completing the application form should contact their local Housing Office​. If you are already waiting for public housing and didn't tick the box, contact your local office to update your application.

More questions?

For more information about community housing, please contact