Community Housing Limited (CHL) has achieved a major milestone in receiving approval to operate as a registered housing growth provider in Western Australia. As one of the powerhouses of the Australian economy, a long term outcome of the state’s economic success has been a chronic shortage of affordable housing in recent years, an issue that CHL is keen to help address.
“CHL is now one of six registered growth providers in WA, and the first organisation from outside the state to achieve this approval. It’s a privilege for our organisation to be entrusted with the confidence of the State government, and we are committed to making a constructive contribution to growing the stock of affordable housing in the state,” says Steve Bevington, CHL’s Managing Director. “With the expansion of National Rental Affordability Scheme, there will be an injection of new housing stock in this state. This will underpin the growth of CHL in WA. ”
CHL is a vertically-integrated provider of affordable housing, that is, the organisation sources funding, locates land, develops projects, designs and constructs housing, and then manages the housing and its tenants for the long term. As part of this process, Mr. Bevington says there will be numerous opportunities for local subcontractors.
“In addition to providing housing to those with high needs, we are looking to develop affordable housing for low wage earners that have been excluded from the private rental market in Perth and throughout the state,” says Mr. Bevington. “Wherever there are groups of people who need housing, including housing for indigenous communities, CHL will be examining how we can provide a housing solution.”
CHL has established a number of positive indigenous housing partnerships. The organisation has built a successful five year track record in working with four aboriginal communities in the Gippsland and East Gippsland region of Victoria. They are the Gippsland/East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC), Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Central Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative, and the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative.