Excellence in housing showcased

Community housing organisations had a chance to hear about innovations in community housing at the Australian Housing Industry (AHI) Housing Excellence Showcase held in May.

The luncheon was part of the series of special events showcasing some of the standout achievements from the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards.

James Wray from HousingFirst (formerly the Port Phillip Housing Assocation) spoke about two of his organisations award-winning programs: the Ashwood Cook Up, which took out the Tenant Led Initiative Award, and the Tenant Induction Program, which took out the Leading Asset Management Award.

The Cook Up saw 80 tenants of Ashwood Chadstone take part in cooking classes to tackle issues around food and loneliness.

Caroline Larcher, Women’s Property Initiative’s  Development Manager spoke about the trials and tribulations of building a townhouse project in Coburg on a tricky site next to the train tracks, which won the Leading Housing Development Project Award.

Housing Choice’s Jane Crombie spoke about the Love Your Laneway Mural Project that saw tenants, including Linda Newman, involved in creating a laneway mural that has improved their sense of safety and community. ‘It brightens up our day,’ Linda says.

Haven; Home, Safe’s Rachel Gellatly and Sue Farrell spoke about the success of their innovative Sidney Myer Haven project, which houses those who are keen to make a better life for themselves and their children in a gated community with 24/7 support and an intensive social curriculum program.

Launch Housing’s HomeGround Real Estate also featured as the industry’s first private rental agency, which offers landlords the opportunity to lease their properties at sub-market rent.