Together we aim to improve the quality of boarding houses in the Inner West. What is the Boarding House Roundtable? The Boarding House roundtable is an initiative of the Neighbourhood Centre - a twice-yearly gathering of people who are interested in working together to improve the quality of boarding houses in the City of Sydney and Inner West Council areas. The roundtable is convened by Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, and chaired by the CEO. In 2023, the roundtable is reconvening for the first time since early COVID.
The roundtable provides a forum for sharing information about what is happening in the sector, hosting guest speakers, and identifying new opportunities for action and change for its member organisations.
Why is Newtown Neighbourhood Centre involved? Newtown Neighbourhood Centre is a key community agency in Inner West Sydney, which has been supporting and providing services to boarding house residents for nearly fifteen years. It manages the Boarding House Outreach Service (BHOS), which is funded through the NSW Specialist Homelessness Services program, and through which a team of caseworkers work with boarding house residents.
Almost half of all registered boarding houses (47.57% Source: Department Fair Trading November 2017) in New South Wales are located within the City of Sydney and the Inner West Local Government Areas. It is impossible to know the exact number and location of unregistered boarding house properties, but it is estimated to be a significant number. These are areas which are experiencing increasing gentrification, with high land prices, and it is imperative to retain affordable housing stock.
Objectives of the Roundtable:
To promote, encourage and support good practice management in the general boarding house sector
To provide a forum for agencies and individuals to raise and resolve issues related to boarding houses in the City of Sydney and Inner West
To promote and protect the health and well-being of general boarding house residents.
To identify opportunities to increase the supply of appropriate, affordable Boarding House stock
To advocate for policy change to address identified needs of Boarding House residents
To advocate for alternative Boarding House models which address the changing needs and profiles of residents and in particular the growing numbers of women.
Membership Membership of the round table is open to Government and non-Government agencies interested in improving the general boarding house sector.