Energy efficient homes to replace rundown estates

More vulnerable Victorians will be able to access social housing with the Victorian Government’s announcement that redevelopment is to begin of a rundown housing estate in West Brunswick. Community housing organisation Women’s Housing Limited will manage the completed redevelopment, which will increase social housing numbers by 45 per cent.

Women’s Housing CEO Judy Line says, ‘We have worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and developer AV Jennings to bring this project to life, and we are delighted to be part of this exciting housing development.

‘The old rundown walk-ups at Gronn Place will be replaced by new energy efficient homes that will not only be better to live in but be more affordable for our tenants.

‘We are looking forward to taking a leading long-term role in the overall management of the precinct, to ensure that this project further enriches the neighbourhood as well as delivering much needed long-term housing for vulnerable women,’ Judy says.

The 82 vacant units currently on the site will be demolished to make way for 111 new public housing properties, and Women’s Housing will purchase an additional eight homes from the developer, greatly increasing the number available to those eligible for social housing. The redevelopment will also include 79 private homes, which will help fund the project and create more diverse communities.

Public housing tenants who have been provided with alternative accommodation in the lead up to the redevelopment will be given the option to move back to the site once it is complete, with Women’s Housing to be responsible for the management of rental agreements and maintenance. Tenant’s rights will continue to be protected via the Residential Tenancies Act.

As a registered Victorian Housing Association, Women’s Housing Ltd has extensive experience in managing a diverse range of social housing across Melbourne and has an excellent reputation for property and place management.

Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA Vic) CEO Lesley Dredge says the redevelopment is welcome with Victoria holding the unenviable record of having the smallest proportion of social housing in Australia. Currently 50,145 households are on Victoria’s social housing waitlist.

The Gronn Place development is part of the Victorian Government’s $185 million Public Housing Renewal Program that plans to develop up to 2,500 public housing dwellings and increase the number of social housing properties by at least 10 per cent across metropolitan and regional sites.

Lord Mayor’s Innovation Grants open today

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Innovation Grants round supports new ideas – large and small – that address the social and environmental priorities of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

This grant round will be the first under the Foundation’s 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan, which features revised outcomes within the four Impact Areas, one of which is Homelessness & Affordable Housing.

The grant round opens today!

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Michael Sukkar MP

More controls on development on Fed Govt land: Sukkar

Commonwealth Housing Minister Michael Sukkar has been reported as saying the ‘good old days’are over for developers who buy Commonwealth land cheaply and fail to provide any social or affordable housing.

In an article in the Financial Review, Mr Sukkar says the Federal Government would be prepared to sell land for a cheaper price if required to ensure more affordable and social housing was provided.

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Call for action on rooming houses

The Southern Homelessness Services Network (SHSN) has called on the State Government to fund the development of a standardised accommodation ratings system for private rooming house providers

The call follows the SHSN’s Rooming House Summit which aimed to tackle the issue of privately run, expensive, sub-standard, exploitative rooming houses.

There are approximately 500 registered rooming houses in the Southern region with an unknown number of unregistered rooming houses.
Dr Heather Holst – Victorian Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, and former CHIA Vic board member, was keynote speaker at the summit.

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Campaign to co-locate health and housing in Collingwood

Unison and Cohealth have joined forces to launch a campaign for funding to redevelop an aged site in Collingwood into shared housing and medical facilities.

The former boot factory at 365 Hoddle Street currently houses Cohealth community health services but Cohealth and Unison have put a joint proposal to the State Government to build a new health service with a mix of social and affordable housing, and privately owned apartments above.

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#HW2019 – Housing ends homelessness

Homelessness Week began today, with the theme ‘housing ends homelessness’.

And it needs to, with appalling statistics showing extent of the issue:

You can help raise the profile of homelessness by sharing the infographics we will be posting out during the week….

 

Women’s trust grants open

The Victorian Women’s Trust aims to help women and girls thrive through targeted grant making. The trust currently has 11 grant categories open to applications, with several relevant to the housing sector.

Click here for details.

Public seminar on right to housing

The right to housing: Shifting policy and practice from crisis responses to homelessness prevention

Co-hosted by the Council to Homeless Persons, Unison Housing, the Centre for People, Organisation and Work, and RMIT University, this 90-minute lecture and panel discussion features Dr Peter Mackie (Cardiff University) who will talk about his pioneering work on homelessness prevention in Wales, in particular the legal duty on local authorities to prevent homelessness.

Click here to book this free event. 

The NDIS’s design era

World first for Haven

Haven; Home, Safe has become the first Housing Association in the world to receive the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for its asset management system.

ISO: 55001:2014 recognises HHS’s world-class governance and best practice over the management of its portfolio of housing assets worth more than $350 million.

CEO Ken Marchingo AM said achieving ISO certification highlighted the Non-Government Organisation’s innovative and systematic approach to align its asset management objectives with its organisational goals.

‘The benefits are improved effectiveness and efficiency, financial performance, risk management, better services and outputs, and demonstrated social responsibility and compliance, he said.

‘Best practice asset management also protects two decades of investment and ensures a robust future for both the organisation and, more importantly, the people we house.’

The ISO certification project was led by Assets and Maintenance General Manager Rachael Skipper and took 18 months to complete.

‘The process has created greater awareness and understanding across the organisation that asset management is not just “a maintenance thing”, Ms Skipper said.

‘What we have established through ISO certification is a sound basis for good practice management of our assets and a fit-for-purpose plan to achieve it.”

The ISO certificate registration came into effect on 26 June.