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The Community Housing Industry Association of SA (CHIA SA) is the peak industry body representing community housing providers in South Australia.


Together, we aim to build a community housing sector that opens the door to a home for all South Australians.

The Community Housing Industry Association of SA (CHIA SA) is the peak industry body representing community housing providers (CHPs) in South Australia.

Formerly known as the Community Housing Council of SA (CHCSA), our role is to lead the community housing sector in SA, to inform key stakeholders and community, and to guide and  foster partnerships. 

We do this by providing industry members with ongoing opportunities to network and learn from each other, expert thinkers, and decision makers. We advocate for CHPs and advise based on research, innovation, and policy developments to help inform industry, governments, and the broader community for real and long-lasting change.

What we stand for

Our Vision

To foster a community housing sector and industry network delivering leading-edge affordable housing and landlord services in thriving neighbourhoods.

Our Purpose

To support and further the growth of a strong, vibrant, and sustainable South Australian community housing industry.

Our Values

We believe in collaboration, respecting diversity, promoting excellence, sharing knowledge, and acting with integrity.

What is community housing?

An affordable housing option for those in need and facing disadvantage.

Community housing provides affordable, long-term, secure housing to people in South Australia living on low to moderate incomes, facing disadvantage and/or with specific needs. People supported by community housing can include those who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people with disability.

Community housing is managed by organisations called Community Housing Providers (CHPs), who provide a range of accommodation to suit different housing needs.

Who are our members?

We are a member-driven community organisation.

CHIA SA is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors that includes senior representatives from member agencies.

Member agencies are Community Housing Providers (CHPs) and volunteer member-tenant managed organisations (also known as housing co-operatives) operating in South Australia.

CHPs are organisations providing affordable housing to people with special housing needs and are administered, maintained, and managed by paid employees.

Why we do it

We aim to support a community housing industry that leaves no South Australian behind.

CHIA SA is driven to support our members –  South Australian Community Housing Providers (CHPs) who have been delivering affordable housing to low income and disadvantaged tenants in South Australia since the 1980s.

As cost-of-living pressures escalate, a successful community housing industry is more critical now than ever. 

Our steadfast focus remains in supporting our members to develop innovative and collaborative affordable housing options to ensure that those who are most vulnerable in our community can live stable, independent, productive, and socially connected lives.

Featured Story

Wow! What an Awards night.

The South Australian community housing industry celebrated the dedicated and passionate work of the state’s community housing providers at the 2023 CHIA SA Excellence Awards recently.

To see who the Award winners and runners-up were and who attended the Gala Dinner event, head to our 2023 Excellence Awards gallery of photos.