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Building support for community housing toolkit launch

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Date: 07.10.2021
Time: 15.00 – 16.00


via Zoom
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Building community and council support for social housing is a key element to successfully delivering the Big Housing Build, and CHIA Vic has developed a range of resources that members can use to undertake this work. Join us for the launch of a toolkit on building community support for affordable housing; hear from Rachel Hornsby about what you should include in community consultation and how to work with councils under the streamlined planning provisions; and get key insights into what is important to councils from Mike Collins.

The toolkit was developed with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and contains a range of resources:

  • Resources ready to distribute to councils and the community to help build their understanding and support for affordable housing, including a fact sheet on affordable housing and renter case studies
  • Resources to help CHOs better understand how to build support for community housing, based on an analysis of council and resident objections in Victoria and NSW
  • Templates to support engagement with councils and the community

Date: Thursday 7th October

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Rachel Hornsby, Hornsby & Co., and Mike Collins, Moreland City Council

Venue: Zoom invite will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event

Cost: FREE for CHIA Vic members



Rachel Hornsby founded Hornsby & Co. in 2016 to combine her passion for affordable and appropriate housing, with her knowledge, skills, and experience of the development, government, and community housing sectors. Prior to establishing Hornsby & Co. Rachel was employed by Evolve Housing in Sydney in a business development function and at Housing Choices Australia as Urban Planning Manager. Rachel was also Director of Planning and Environment at the City of Kingston.

Mike Collins is the Principal Advisor – Social and Affordable Housing at Moreland City Council. Mike also teaches at Monash University in Masters of Urban Planning and Design and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.


Rachel Hornsby founder of Hornsby & Co.

Mike Collins, the Principal Advisor – Social and Affordable Housing at Moreland City Council.