National not-for-profit housing provider, Community Housing Ltd (CHL), has been chosen by the Tasmanian Government to manage a portfolio of public housing properties in the North under a major housing reform.
CHL will take over the tenancy management of 1196 properties in Ravenswood, Rocherlea, Waverley, Mowbray and Mayfield in Greater Launceston as part of the Better Housing Futures reform.
CHL Managing Director, Steve Bevington, said the change of management would improve long-term housing outcomes for existing tenants in these suburbs.
“These housing transfers are a historic step for social housing in Tasmania,” he said.
“The reform will deliver better tenancy services, improved property management and the construction of new houses.
“All existing tenants will have the option to transfer their tenancy to CHL.
“Those transferring their tenancies to CHL will be able to access a range of benefits such as ongoing tenure, localised services, property improvements, energy assessments, heating and insulation improvements.
“We will also provide training and employment opportunities, opportunities to apply for new housing and access to community development activities such as community gardens, youth services.
“Our tenants are our number one concern and working closely with them to meet their needs is at the heart of our approach to service delivery.
“We will be working hard to ensure all tenants and stakeholders are aware of what is happening and have the opportunity to ask any questions.”
CHL has over 20 years’ experience in delivering a range of housing and support services and over 4,300 properties under its management across Australia.
CHL established operations in Tasmania in 2006 and currently has six staff in three offices in Launceston and Ulverstone managing 170 properties in the North West, Launceston, Perth and Hobart.
CHL manages two facilities in Launceston and one in Ulverstone for group accommodation for people and youth at risk of homelessness. These facilities are managed in partnership with Anglicare Tasmania which provides support assistance to tenants.
In 2008, CHL was part of a highly successful asset transfer initiative in Coffs Harbour where the tenants of 164 dwellings voluntarily transferred their tenancy to CHL.
“With CHL as their landlord, tenants have seen big improvements to the services they have received and enjoyed an upgrade to every home over time,” Mr Bevington said.
“We are proud to be a local community housing provider with strong links in the community.
We understand local communities and their needs and we work closely with tenants to provide high-quality, responsive services.”
CHL is organising a number of community days for tenants in affected suburbs:
All community days will run from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
For more information on CHL, contact:
Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations t 03 9856 0021
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘A world without housing povertyl’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and Queensland and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India. Winner of several Industry Awards including HIA and United Nations Association of Australia and CHL has over 4000 properties under its management across the country.
CHL is a vertically integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.