To be eligible for social housing, you must:

  • Be a citizen or have permanent residency in Australia, and
  • Be resident in New South Wales (NSW), and
  • Establish their identity, and
  • Have a household income within the income eligibility limits, and
  • Not own any assets or property which could reasonably be expected to resolve their housing need, and
  • Be able to sustain a successful tenancy, with or without support, and
  • If applicable, make repayments of any former debts to a social housing provider, and
  • In general, be at least 18 years of age.

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Priority applicants

To ensure that social housing assists those most in need, the eligibility criteria for social housing concentrate on people:

  • On low incomes that need support to help them live independently, and
  • On low incomes having problems finding affordable housing in the private market suited to their needs.

Bridge Housing will assess eligibility and priority for clients seeking social housing and notify applicants in writing of the outcome of the assessment.

Learn more about social housing eligibility

Waiting times

There are waiting times for most social housing properties on the Housing Register in most areas, including those owned or managed by Bridge Housing.

This information may help you make a decision about where to request housing and the likely waiting time for a property.

Learn more about expected waiting times.

Choosing where to live

When you apply for social housing you are asked to choose an area, suburb or town where you would prefer to live.

If you'd like help choosing a location, please contact your local FACS office or Bridge Housing.