About us

CHIA Victoria works to support the growth of community housing as the most effective and efficient means of ensuring more disadvantaged Victorians can enjoy the dignity of safe, secure and appropriate housing.

“Quality, affordable rental homes for fairer, better communities.”

Our vision

“To provide representation, support and leadership to community housing organisations in Victoria.”

Our mission
42,162

households currently on the Victorian Housing Register, awaiting social housing.

Goal 1

Champion the role of community  housing in increasing the supply of quality, affordable, secure rental homes.

Goal 2

Positively contribute to build the capacity and professionalism of the sector.

Goal 3

Maintain an effective, efficient adaptive organisation.

Meet our board

Haleh Homaei

Haleh Homaei

Chair

Haleh Homaei is the CEO of Port Phillip Housing Association. She has over 25 years’ of experience in housing with extensive experience in the government and community sectors, at senior levels and in leadership positions. Haleh is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has been a Board member of CHFV (now CHIA Vic) since 2009.

Roberta Buchanan

Roberta Buchanan

Deputy Chair

Roberta is the General Manager, Housing (Victoria) at Housing Choices Australia. Roberta has over 18 years’ experience in senior roles in the community service sector in the UK and Australia.

Michael Deschepper

Michael Deschepper

Treasurer

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of Wintringham, a not-for-profit organisation employing over 550 people to provide an extensive range of high quality housing, aged care and support services to elderly men and women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Stephen Nash

Stephen Nash

Secretary

Stephen is the Managing Director at Common Equity Housing Ltd. He has worked in the Community Housing sector for 25 years, mostly in senior management roles (following five years in service delivery, policy and advocacy work).

Terry Burke

Terry Burke

Board member

Terry is Professor of Housing Studies in the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, and one of Australia’s most senior housing researchers with an extensive publications and consultancy record.

Chris Glennen

Chris Glennen

Board member

Chris Glennen is CEO of Active, a specialist housing company, providing housing to people with disabilities across Victoria. His career has involved service delivery, management, consulting and teaching in human services particularly in services for people with disabilities and the aged.

Heather Holst

Heather Holst

Board member

Heather is the Deputy CEO - Chief Operating Officer, at Launch Housing. Heather has worked in the housing, homelessness and tenancy sectors since 1989 as frontline worker, senior manager, network co-ordinator, board member and public service officer.

Jeanette Large

Jeanette Large

Board member

Jeanette is the CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a not for profit that builds and develops affordable long-term housing for women facing homelessness. WPI believes that a secure, affordable home is the foundation for a better future.

Judy Line

Judy Line

Board member

Judy Line has worked in the housing and homelessness sector since 1986 and has been CEO at Women’s Housing Limited since 2005. Prior to her position with WHL she worked in women’s refuges (in rural Victoria and NSW), a young women’s homelessness service and was the State Project Officer for the Victorian Public Tenants Association.

Michael Perusco

Michael Perusco

Board member

Michael was appointed Chief Executive of Yarra Community Housing (YCH) in October 2015. YCH recently merged with Urban Communities Limited to form Unison Housing. Unison is Victoria’s largest provider of community housing and has a particular focus on housing people with a history of homelessness and disadvantage.

Trudi Ray

Trudi Ray

Board member

Trudi Ray, Executive Director Operations South is responsible for growing and managing the organisation’s services and portfolio across the northern and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne in addition to expanding HHS’s footprint in the Barwon South West Region.

Shari McPhail

Shari McPhail

Board member

Meet our staff

Lesley Dredge

Lesley Dredge

Chief Executive Officer

Lesley has a strong commitment to social justice honed over many years working in the community sector, in government and with not-for-profit peak bodies. Affordable housing has been a long-standing passion. During her seven years with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), the national peak for not-for-profit aged care providers, Lesley worked closely with the sector to develop policy initiatives to improve housing options for older Australians.

Kate Robertson

Media & Communications Manager

Kate  is an experienced journalist and corporate communications specialist who is able to harness more than 25 years experience on both sides of the media fence to assist CHIA Vic to utilise the power of positive publicity. Kate has worked as a newspaper journalist and as a producer for ABC Radio news and current affairs. Her specialties include translating complex information into interesting content that entertains as well as informs.

Jess Pomeroy

Policy & Projects

Jess Pomeroy brings a strong research, administration and policy background to her position at CHIA Vic, with more than eight years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sector in Australia and her native Canada. Jess’s work history includes three-plus years at the Australian Housing Industry Research Institute (AHURI). She has also undertaken higher research into housing in urban communities as well as working for RMIT University and completing a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Mark Smoljo

Tenancy & Property

Mark co-ordinates the Transitional Housing Management sector group, deals with queries from CHIA Vic’s Member Residential Tenancies Act/VCAT help line and represents the community housing sector on the VCAT Residential Tenancies Users Group. Mark has also co-ordinated the compilation of multiple submissions to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act, and been part of the negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the General Lease for community housing organisations managing the department’s properties.

Holly Mullaney

Holly Mullaney

Business & Development

Holly coordinates CHIA Vic’s Business Development Program and facilitates all our conferences and other events, as well as staging a wide range of training programs for members. Her role is pivotal in sourcing and developing links with the private sector, the broader community sector and government. Holly’s background is in training and enterprise development. She has achieved a Bachelor of Business from Latrobe University, a Masters in Education from Deakin University and a Juris Doctor of Law from RMIT.  Holly is also fluent in Vietnamese and Korean.

Our corporate documents

See CHIA Victoria’s vision for the future and our past achievements as the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) by viewing our corporate documents.

2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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Strategic Plan 2016-18

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