Media Release: Critical Housing Shortage in Adelaide Hills Region

Shelter SA’s recent visit to Mount Barker shows that it is young people and older single women who are doing it tough in the Adelaide Hills region when it comes to finding an affordable place to call home. Dr Alice Clark, Executive Director of Shelter SA said, “time and time again, we’ve proven that living in the country doesn’t mean that it's easier for people to find affordable accommodation, nor that there is any less of a homelessness problem”.

Shelter SA’s housing workshop brought together politicians, councillors, residents and housing workers in Mount Barker to highlight the issues unique to the region and discuss innovative solutions. We found that this regional community is full of strong networks of passionate people whose knowledge of the local area should help them to work together. 

People experiencing homelessness in the Adelaide Hills region are largely hidden, as the region is spread out into multiple townships. Our workshop participants also pointed out that many people do not classify the Adelaide Hills as a “regional” area because of the distance to the city. There is no emergency accommodation in the area, too few public housing properties and expensive private rentals, leaving people stranded.

Workshop participants wanted to explore how they could bring together home-owners and renters with spare rooms and people needing a place to stay in an environment that would assist both groups, how under-utilised housing and public spaces could be harnessed to provide accommodation and whether or not there was suitable land to build smaller homes – both for home ownership opportunities and for renting. 

Our workshop report outlines the issues and key statistics in the Adelaide Hills region, our policy recommendations and a summary of the housing solutions developed by the workshop participants. Also, check out our video for highlights of the event!
Adelaide Hills Workshop Report

Have YourSAy on Our Housing and Homelessness Strategy

We encourage you to take the online survey about housing in South Australia using the online submission form which contains five questions. We have prepared a cheat sheet to help you if needed. We also encourage you to participate in the discussions on line that use the same questions as the survey.  Read our responses using the button below.  Submissions close on 31 August 2019.
Shelter SA's Survey Answers

Homelessness SA - Frontline Workers Forum

Homelessness SA are hosting a Frontline Workers Forum on Monday 5 August at the Entertainment Centre (in the Star Room) we hope you will attend for a great day of training and to hear from a fantastic line up of speakers. You have until Wednesday 25 July to register for this event so please contact Homelessness SA by phoning Tania on (08) 8110 8547 or via

Workshops on for Young and Old!

The South Australian Government is seeking the views of housing consumers to inform the housing strategy. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation are conducting two workshops, one for people aged between 18-25 and the other for people over the age of 55 on Friday 2 August, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and Friday 9 August, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the City. Participants must be able to attend both workshops and they will receive a $60 Coles Myer voucher at each workshop. Please email details of interested people by COB Monday 29 July to or call Maryke on (08) 8413 8160.

DemocracyCo will conduct a ‘Lived Experience’ workshop and dinner with social, public and community housing tenants on Tuesday 20 August, 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the City. Participants will receive an honorarium payment of $80! 

There are limited spots available so please register by COB 5 August here:

Or you can contact Leah Bullivant at DemocracyCo on 0438 804 625 or send an email to
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