Irving Benson entry

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.

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Rethinking transitional housing

Victoria’s THM program was established in 1997 to provide short term housing combined with support for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

With the program turning 21 the Department of Health and Human Services initiated a review in 2017, to develop high level options and recommendations to refresh policy and operational settings. THM property providers and the support services were consulted on the key challenges and issues.

DHHS now wishes to establish a THM Reference Group to provide advice on future directions of the program. Nominations have been called for from interested people. See the Terms of Reference.

Interested parties should email a request for an Expression of Interest Form from Matthew O’Rourke, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness and Accommodation Support or call 9096 3023. Forms must be completed and returned by Friday 15 February 2019.

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 to build $10m development in Shep

Wintringham will build a $10 million development in Shepparton, consisting of 28 – 30 new independent living units, after securing grants from the State Government ($5.5m), a major philanthropic foundation ($2.5m) and The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation ($2m).

Wintringham CEO Bryan Lipmann AM thanked all the donors for their contribution to the project: ‘This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.’

With Wintringham’s model of taking on zero debt to ensure it is able to focus 100 per cent on housing the most disadvantaged, coupled with a lack of investment in social housing over the past 30 years, Bryan says his organisation is forced to rely heavily on the goodwill of philanthropists and Commonwealth and State Government to assist homeless older people.

‘We have 2,050 people on our waiting list, all of whom are over 50 and need our support,’ Bryan says.

‘For example, we have someone in hospital recuperating from an operation and they have nowhere to go when they are discharged.

‘Imagine trying to recover when you know you will have no safe place to go once you leave hospital.’

The Shepparton units are due for completion in 2021.

 

Retrofit funds for community housing up for grabs

Community housing organisations can apply for funding to retrofit their properties to improve water efficiency with the aim of saving water and reducing costs.

South East Water, City West Water and Yarra Valley Water in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have created aCommunity Housing Retrofit Program (CHRP).

CHRP provides assistance to emergency and community housing organisations to repair leaks and repair or replace faulty water appliances across Victoria.

Eligible organisations include refugee housing, domestic violence shelters or short term housing for displaced persons.

Some of the retrofit works available under this program are:

  • Showerhead replacement
  • Repair or replacement of single flush toilet suites
  • Leak detection
  • Leak repair, including underground pipes and internal appliances and fixtures
  • Hot water service adjustment repair and/or replacement
  • Water and energy efficient appliance replacement such as washing machines and dishwashers
  • Additional related plumbing works

Click here for details of how to apply.

Joint venture to boost social housing in Hepburn

The Hepburn Shire Council is partnering with national not for profit housing provider, Community Housing Limited (CHL) as part of a joint venture program that will increase the number and quality of social housing dwellings within the region.

Locals in housing need or those facing the risks of homelessness will benefit from the program, which will provide safe and appropriate housing in the form of 19 dwellings.

With grant funding provided by the Hepburn Shire Council in the amount of $589,000, CHL will deliver four (4) new purpose-built double bedroom units to low income earners in the Clunes community.

‘This program will not only increase the supply of social and affordable housing in the Shire of Hepburn, which is so desperately needed, but will greatly improve the quality of life for struggling residents providing them with real opportunities and pathways,’ says CHL State Manager Shari McPhail.

As part of the CHL’s management, tenants will reap the benefits of services that will connect them with employment, education, training and other community engagements opportunities.

‘We are totally committed to serving the community, and we are really looking forward to working within the region and with the council. Not only will this project provide much needed housing options, but it will also contribute to the local economy with a host of employment opportunities both long and short term, expected to be generated.’

A tender invitation for the construction of the new units is expected to be released shortly, with CHL encouraging local builders and trades within the Clunes Community to partner in the delivery of this very exciting project.

Mayor Cr John Cottrell said that Council was pleased to be working collaboratively with Community Housing Limited.

‘Affordable housing is an issue facing all communities and this is a great opportunity to make a difference in Clunes. The funding raised by Council together with the Clunes community will deliver additional housing options and real opportunities for low income earners.’

Upon completion in the second half of 2019, the new properties will be made available as housing options for the elderly, key workers and younger people, and via CHL will be coupled with resources and support to allow them to engage with their community, develop support networks and grow and lead productive lives.

For almost a quarter of a decade, CHL has been managing the end to end delivery of affordable housing including design, construction, tenancy and property management and currently has more than 9,000 properties under its management nationally, of which over 15 percent are in Victoria.

 

PhD Scholarship in Social Housing

The Unison Housing Research LaB (UHRL) is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria’s largest social housing provider. The LaB is situated in the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS). The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers.

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to commence in February, 2019. The successful applicant will have, at minimum, an Honours level qualification in social science or related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, anthropology, criminology, law, gender, politics, health) and will have experience in quantitative research methods. Utilising their skills with administrative and survey data, the successful candidate will examine why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently. The candidate will investigate three questions:

  1. What are the reasons households leave social housing?
  2. What sort of housing do people subsequently move into and, relatedly, what proportion end up experiencing homelessness after they exit.
  3. What are the patterns of service use following exits from social housing.

In answering these questions this PhD project will provide important insights into the personal, social and economic costs of leaving social housing. It will also provide useful information for Unison with respect to maximising positive exits and minimising negative exits which are costly to everyone.

A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study) for three years.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via email by Friday October 26th, 2018.

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree
  • A copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing

For further information contact:

Dr Juliet Watson,  03 9925 3477

Prof Guy Johnson,   03 9925 9893

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

The Everybody’s Home campaign is encouraging people with stories of housing struggles to share their experiences with the new PM Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, and Richard Di Natalie.

This is a great opportunity to connect clients, as well as supporters and staff who may have their own challenging experiences of housing, to the campaign.

You can use, or modify, the text below to invite people to take the action and engage with #EverybodysHome

Share Your Story

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

We know that more and more Australians every day are living in rental stress, paying more than they can afford in order to have a roof over their head. It’s become a ‘normal’ way of life for people right across the country to have to sacrifice essentials, such as food, medicines or heating – or even just to miss out on life’s little pleasures, like occasionally seeing a movie, or eating a meal out. It doesn’t have to be this way – there are solutions, things that our leaders can do to fix housing.

But our leaders need to put a face to the housing affordability issue. They need to hear it first-hand, from people like you, so that they understand how very serious the issue of housing affordability is in Australia – so that we can convince them that taking action to fix the problem should be their priority.

Will you share your story with the leaders of the major Parties now, to convince them all to fix the system, so that all Australians have a place to call home?