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HousingFirst secures funding for $100m plus projects

HousingFirst has been successful in securing funding for three projects through various funding arrangements delivered by the Victorian Government and will soon start building a total of 270 new homes for vulnerable Victorians in Box Hill, Parkville and Balaclava.

The combined market value of the three HousingFirst projects is over $100 million.

Click here to read the statement from HousingFirst Chair Frank O’Connor.

HousingFirst takes out development gong

HousingFirst is proud to announce that we have won the Leading Housing Development Project at the Australasian Housing Institute’s (AHI) Awards for Victoria.

The AHI Awards honour inspirational staff and successful programs that make a difference in their community. This year, a record number of nominations were received, outlining successful projects and inspiring stories from community housing providers and housing authorities.

HousingFirst’s Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project (ACGP) was honoured for its successful people and place management approach. Following completion of the ACGP, 5-years worth of annual surveys (2013-2017) were conducted with tenants and the local community. These surveys provide evidence-based approach about the changing levels of social connection and the outcomes of local community building initiatives.

Key findings show levels of social connection between tenants increased over the 5 years, as did levels of social connection between our tenants and residents in nearby streets.

We are thrilled by the award, and as the Victorian winner, we are now entered into the Australasian Awards. Winners to be announced at the National Housing Conference in August, in Darwin.

  • article courtesy of HousingFirst

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.