Not-for-profit community housing organisation Community Housing Limited (CHL) is excited to announce that it has been successful in the recent open tender process for the provision of tenancy management services for Aboriginal housing in remote and town based communities on behalf of the Western Australian, Department of Housing in the East Kimberley and the Goldfields and Kalgoorlie region.
Both the contracts are for a three year term commencing July 1st 2015.
“We have worked successfully with Aboriginal communities in the East Kimberley for five years, so we have an understanding of the needs of people living in remote areas away from metropolitan Australia and are also aware of the dynamics of delivering housing services to the different communities we serve,” says CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington.
CHL currently provides housing management services to 19 communities including 243 properties throughout the East Kimberley region, ranging in size from a few homes up to 80 houses at Kalumburu, the largest community in the East Kimberley which is only accessible by air or barge.
In the Goldfields region CHL will be managing 7 communities including a total of 121 properties ranging between 8 – 32 houses. The communities include Bondini, Katampul (Nambi Village), Mt Margaret, Mulga Queen, Ninga Mia, Tjuntjuntjara, Wongatha and Wonganarra.
“The organisation is aware of the vastly different challenges and priorities that various communities face, particularly in regional and extremely remote areas.
Like any relationship, it’s about mutual respect, sharing knowledge and earning trust. CHL understands the family and community networks that operate within the Aboriginal communities and will respect the culture of each community in its service delivery in the Goldfields region,” says Steve.
“CHL has always taken the approach of engaging with the community first before starting any housing initiative. In a region like the East Kimberley, this approach is vital because we needed to build a certain level of local knowledge into the team. We have a team in Kununurra that has extensive regional experience and this is the main reason why the work we’ve completed has been appropriate and well received,” says Steve.
“CHL is looking forward to mobilising its resources in the Goldfields region. We will be setting up an office in Kalgoorlie over the next month, recruiting four staff and are planning to establish maintenance services with associated employment and training for local community members.”
CHL is an organisation that has long been committed to improving housing in Aboriginal communities. These homes, alongside those it manages in Victoria, South Australia and NSW bring the number of homes under management occupied by Aboriginal people to around 1000 tenants, representing 17% of the housing CHL manages.
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. CHL is a registered charity. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’.
In Australia 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, Papua New Guinea, Chile, and India. CHL has over 20 years’ experience in delivering a range of housing and support services and over 5,700 properties under its management across Australia.
In WA CHL manages 554 properties through three offices located in Perth, Geraldton and Kununurra.
CHL also carries out design and construction of housing; training and employment in construction skills and develops construction projects providing essential infrastructure for community organisations.
For more information contact:
Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations, CHL t 03 9856 0021