Frequently asked questions
Below are the most often asked questions and our answers that you might find helpful. However, if you have a query that isn’t covered or you want to know more, please feel free to contact Homes for Homes.
What is Homes for Homes?
Homes for Homes is an independent, not-for-profit that raises funds through people making a tax deductible 0.1% donation from the sale of their property. These funds are combined with others who have donated, then used to build social and affordable housing. In this way, everyone who sells a property can help end homelessness.
What will Homes for Homes funds be used for?
At Homes for Homes, we are not builders. We raise funds to increase the supply of social and affordable housing. The funds we raise will be granted to experienced housing providers through a tender process. Our expert, industry-based advisory groups will advise what is the greatest housing need and will assess funding applications. Donations made to Homes for Homes are reinvested back into the state where they were raised in the first place.
Can’t social housing providers raise their own funds?
As part of our feasibility study, Homes for Homes learned that many social and affordable housing providers are missing up to 15% of the total cost of a project. This gap, even though a small fraction, can be the difference between a project going ahead or not starting at all. In 2018 alone, Homes for Homes funded four projects with our contribution being 0.6–40% of the overall cost.
How much funding has Homes for Homes disbursed so far?
Homes for Homes assisted with five projects in 2018 which was our first funding round. Overall, $500,000 was disbursed ($300,000 in Victoria and $200,000 in the Australian Capital Territory). A second funding round opened in 2019 with up to $300,000 available in the ACT and up to $140,000 in Victoria. Announcements of these successful projects will be made in early 2020.
Who benefits from Homes for Homes?
Funds raised will be used to assist those who do not have access to safe and secure homes. Or they may be having problems finding somewhere to live within their budget on the property market. It is everything from emergency housing for women and their children, specialised youth housing centres and housing for low income earners. At the same time, property owners who register with Homes for Homes can feel proud to be part of an initiative where we are doing all we can to help end the housing crisis.
How did Homes for Homes come about?
A similar fund-raising model in the US was seen by Sarah Davies (now CEO, Philanthropy Australia). The corporate social responsibility initiative was operated by one of America’s largest private developers, in an effort to raise funds for its Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation.
Sarah shared this model with a few colleagues including Steven Persson, CEO, The Big Issue. Because of the latter’s social enterprise track record, the group invited The Big Issue to take on the operation of Homes for Homes. After The Big Issue completed due diligence, it established the formal Homes for Homes legal entity and has since tailored the model to meet the needs of the Australian market.
Is Homes for Homes national?
Homes for Homes is operational in Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. As we grow, we hope to expand to Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
What is the Homes for Homes Donation Deed?
The Donation Deed is a promise to donate 0.1% of the property’s sale price. It’s a simple legal document, which in practical terms sets out the property’s owner’s consent for Homes for Homes to lodge a caveat on the title.
What is a caveat?
A caveat is a notice that is placed on a Certificate of Title at the Land Titles Office to show that someone has an interest in the property. In this case the caveat simply acts as a gentle reminder to donate whenever the property is next sold. The caveat will not affect any other registations/dealings you want to list on your title.
Can I get a letter of consent from Homes for Homes?
Homes for Homes will not block any financial or other dealings on the title and subsequent registrations, such as mortgages and subdivisions, can continue as always. If evidence of this consent is required, email [email protected] or call 1300 767 918.
Will the caveat impact on my mortgage application?
Upon receiving your signed Donation Deed, Homes for Homes will place a caveat on the property title. But this will not affect any mortgage or other interest in this property.
Is there a cost to place a caveat on my title?
There is no cost to the homeowner to place a caveat on the title and there will be no cost if it is removed later on. Also, once you have signed the Donation Deed, Homes for Homes will arrange the caveat. It really couldn’t be easier.
Are donations to Homes for Homes tax deductible?
As a not-for-profit organisation, Homes for Homes Limited (ACN 143 151 544) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under Subdivision 30-BA of the home Tax Assessment Act 1997. This means that donations to Homes for Homes are tax deductible and can be claimed when you lodge your return.
Can I opt-out of Homes for Homes?
Yes. If you are the registered owner of the property you can opt-out at any time by contacting Homes for Homes.
How do I make my donation?
Donations are made via the settlement disbursements process, so your conveyancer will look after it. Once your donation is received, Homes for Homes will email you a tax deductible receipt.