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Maintenance opportunity

Active is seeking an experienced maintenance coordinator to join its team.  The maintenance coordinator, is responsible for the day to day coordination of repairs, maintenance and oversight of properties owned or managed by Active.

The function of the role includes:

  • Receive works requests, assess, and commission maintenance works.
  • Arrange routine maintenance that does not require specialist trade attention.
  • Undertake all asset and maintenance work within Active policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Manage works using MyData and MyPredictor maintenance and asset management software.

Click here for more information or download the position description.

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Wintringham purchases Coburg units

Wintringham has purchased an independent living residence in Coburg, with the aim of updating, modernising and potentially increasing the number of units available for people aged over 50.

Wintringham bought Irving Benson Court from Uniting Vic.Tas with the generous support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation. At present, the development is home to 17 residents.

Wintringham CEO and Founder, Bryan Lipmann AM says, ‘All Irving Benson Court residents will be assured affordable housing now and into the future as a tenant of Wintringham. Our motto always has and always will be to provide a home until stumps for our clients.’

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Paul Linossier says the sale was in the best interests of current and future residents.

‘We are working closely with Wintringham to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible’ Mr Linossier says.

‘Wintringham have agreed to honour all existing arrangements with the residents. They will be able to receive all the services they receive now, whether from Uniting or other providers.’

Wintringham has a proven track record of updating and modernising specialised aged care and independent living accommodation throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

New board members

New directors get on board of HHS

Three new Directors have joined Haven; Home, Safe’s board, bringing a broad range of business and cultural skills to the homelessness service and affordable housing provider, Chair Sue Clarke says.

Jan Snell, Gerard José, and Damien Tangey have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Haven; Home, Safe.

‘Their background, qualifications and experience will add considerable value to our Board and I look forward to working with them to deliver on our organisational purpose as we progress our five-year strategic plan to deliver more supports and more homes through more partnerships and increased capacity,’ Sue says.

Jan has had a long and distinguished career in the Victorian Public Service and has held a number of senior executive positions, more recently Deputy Secretary, North Division, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Gerard has significant experience in community engagement, change management, organisation development, policy facilitation and program evaluation. Damien is a highly respected property developer with a strong understanding of national, state and local government policy impacting the housing affordability framework.

The three new appointees join fellow Directors, Chair Sue Clarke, Andrew Cairns, David Brant, Ken Belfrage, Melanie Rogers, Jan Boynton, Candy Broad, and Warwick Cavanagh.

Caption: New HHS Directors Gerard José, Jan Snell, and Damien Tangey with Chair Sue Clarke.

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Help develop our sector’s social outcomes framework

Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and in collaboration with Think Impact, CHIA Vic is assisting the community housing sector to build their capacity to understand, identify and measure their social impact through facilitated workshops and a guided process for tenant engagement.

This project is a unique opportunity for the community housing sector to work together to identify a shared set of measures about the difference that community housing makes in the lives of tenants.

  • It is your opportunity to contribute to a stronger community housing sector.
  • It is your opportunity to connect more deeply with your tenants and hear their stories and experiences of community housing.
  • It is an opportunity to build greater brand awareness about the value of community housing.

What is involved in participating?

Participating organisations will attend three half-day workshops between February and June 2019, and be prepared to conduct interviews with tenants in February and March 2019.

Participating organisations will need to nominate:

  • a senior manager to guide the organisation’s involvement in the project and ensure the availability of resources
  • front-line worker/s with the capacity to attend the workshops and willingness to conduct tenant interviews.

The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday 19 February from 9.30am – 1pm. It will provide leaders with an overview of the project and support to drive a focus on tenant outcomes in decision making and service delivery within their organisations. The remainder of the workshop will provide front-line workers with training to conduct impact interviews with tenants.

At this workshop your organisation will be provided with a shared approach and templates to guide the tenant engagement. The ways tenants could be involved include:

  • One-on-one interviews conducted by CHOs
  • Small focus groups or tenant advisory group feedback led by CHOs
  • Participation in a joint tenant focus group led by CHIA Vic

For more information on the project and to register for the workshop, contact Jess.


Wintringham raises homelessness issue on ABC

Recent census data shows there has been an increase in older homeless people, but this is not a new problem; Wintringham has been creating homes for older Australians, who are at risk of homelessness, since 1989.

The ABC’s Life Matters program spoke with Wintringham’s founding CEO, Bryan Lippman, as well as two Wintringham residents, Lorraine and John in an episode focusing on the increasing number of people over 55 looking for a permanent home.

Click here to listen to the episode.

Changing Futures Campaign

A festive message from Women’s Property Initiative:

This festive season, give to help women and children with no place to call home…In the midst of our housing crisis, two out of every three people seeking help for homelessness are women. We know there are many more who are the hidden homeless, living in highly unstable or grossly inadequate housing. For many of them, a safe and secure home to spend the holidays in would be a dream come true, but it’s sadly out of reach.

We currently provide permanent, secure and affordable homes for more than 220 women and children. They tell us every day about the difference these homes have made in their lives. These women have faced significant challenges, many of which they have been able to overcome with a stable home as a base.

Kelli is one of them. She has experienced addiction and family violence. But with a strong support network and a secure home that she can depend on, Kelli is now independent and confidently parenting her beautiful son, Kai. 

We want to provide homes for lots more women like Kelli, and children like Kai. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us change the future for these women.

Donate now.

GM position at HousingFirst

HousingFirst has recently entered an exciting new phase with the expansion of its property portfolio, currently managing over 1200 properties with a pipeline of 500 additional properties and strategic plans for future growth to ensure they are an integral part of the social housing system now and in the future in Melbourne.

To support this continued growth, they have an exciting, permanent opportunity for an experienced General Manager, Housing Services to join their leadership team and be a pivotal part of this continued success story.

Reporting to the CEO you will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of performance and professional practice in service delivery through appropriate policy and program development, ensuring that Housing Services are effectively and efficiently carried out to meet the needs of staff, tenants and applicants in an inclusive and respectful manner.

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Centacare GM role

Centacare Ballarat is seeking a General Manager, Corporate Services.

Your role will be to effectively manage the assets of Centacare, financial, corporate and associated services and provide strategic advice as required within the framework of Centacare’s mission and vision. Providing leadership and direction across a range of portfolios including, Finance/Payroll, ITC, Marketing & Communications, Facilities & Fleet, Reception & Administration and OHS. In addition to this developing and maintaining relationships with key stake holders and strategic partners will be a key component of this role.

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