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Housing Choices seeking Housing Officer

Reporting to the Housing Team Leader, this role is responsible for delivering a range of professional housing management and related advisory services to Housing Choices residents and prospective residents in accordance with Housing Choices guidelines and government requirements.

This will be a rewarding and challenging role for someone who has a passion to make a difference in the community. It will include some travel.

You will be coordinating a portfolio of properties and involve:
• Screening potential tenants
• Signing up new leases
• Collecting rents/bonds
• Managing a tenancy
• Monitoring arrears
• Management of responsive and vacated maintenance
• Filling vacant properties
• Community development

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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.

VPF gives people more housing choices

Housing Choices Australia will build 24 new homes for low income and vulnerable people in Dandenong and Newport after being awarded $4.9 million from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF).

The VPF distributes grants to support a range of property-related programs, including housing assistance for vulnerable Victorians. Housing Choices is using the grant to rebuild and expand vital housing options at two owned properties; one in Hemmings Street, Dandenong and the other in Oxford Street, Newport.

The Hemmings Street, Dandenong property will be transformed into a five-story, architect-designed apartment building, increasing the accommodation from 7 run-down flats, to 19 apartments, located close to shops, schools and public transport.

The Oxford Street, Newport property will see the construction of five new architect-designed townhouses in a leafy residential street in family-friendly Newport.

Construction will start late 2018 and be ready for tenants in mid-2019.

The Victorian Property Fund is administered by Consumer Affairs Victoria, with funds from license fees paid by estate agents and conveyancers and interest paid on their trust accounts and income from other investments.

Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz toured the Dandenong site with Housing Choices Board Member Fabienne Michaux to announce the $4.9 million grant.

‘Affordable housing projects give vulnerable Victorians the security they need to thrive. We’re investing in more of these dwellings, so that people going through hard times can rebuild their lives,’ Minister Kairouz said.

Housing Choices Managing Director Michael Lennon commended Minister Kairouz and the Victorian Property Fund for their commitment to supporting housing initiatives for Victorians in need and for their confidence in Housing Choices as the developer and manager of high-quality, affordable housing.

‘We have already worked closely with all the people who resided at our two properties, who have been actively and professionally supported by our experienced and compassionate Housing Services Team to find the right accommodation while this building program takes place. All Dandenong tenants will be afforded the opportunity to return to the newly built dwellings once they’re finished if they wish,’ Mr Lennon said.

Job: National Manager, Specialist Housing Group

Housing Choices Australia are seeking an exceptional National Manager, Specialist Housing Group to join its team located in the Melbourne CBD.

The National Manager, Specialist Housing Group manages the specialist Housing Group, this role acts as the central point of contact for all NDIS matters and maintaining HCA’s business knowledge and superior brand in the NDIS space.

This role is a key leadership position that will drive continuous development of accounting processes, systems and workflows leading to greater efficiency and providing a sound platform for growth.

Ideally you will be tertiary qualified with demonstrated experience and understanding of the complex needs of people with disability, and their families and carers, and effective service models.

As the National Manager, Specialist Housing Group, you will need to have an extensive understanding of the sector standards, policy, direction and chances including the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Aged Care Reforms.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in establishing and building partnerships and achieving common desired outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders.

Well-developed organisational skills, including the ability to manage conflicting priorities and high work volumes, without impacting the quality of service delivery will be critical. You will also demonstrate initiative, openness, and personal accountability.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a rewarding environment. You will receive great employee benefits including salary packaging (up to $15,900 of salary tax free), training and development opportunities, a reward program, a great company culture and a day off for your birthday!

You can view the full position description and learn more about HCA here

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact our HR team 03 8636 9419.

Apply by clicking here.

We are looking to fill this role immediately and shortlisting will commence as soon as possible.