Under the Strategy for Growth in Housing for Low Income Victorians initiative, Community Housing Limited has successfully submitted for the spot purchase of 24 homes worth $5m. Community Housing Limited will provide 25% or $1.25m with the state government contributing the remaining $3.75m.
The two bedroom homes will be spread across Victoria with the majority being purchased in the Western Region suburbs of Geelong, Colac, Hamilton, Warnambool, Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh. Six properties will be bought in the Northern Region of Victoria, specifically in Woodonga, Wangaratta and Shepparton. Four homes will be located in the Gippsland areas of Lakes Entrance, Leongatha and Warragul.
“CHL are in the process of acquiring the properties, which will be upgraded as needed,” says Steve Bevington, CHL’s Managing Director. “Upgrades could take the form of improving presentation to match the other homes in the street, or improving the security and safety of the property like adding safety switches or smoke alarms.”
The properties may also be modified to meet tenants’ needs such as ensuring suitability for the elderly or for people with disabilities. Additions such as rails or non slip floors in a bathroom ensures that the housing can accommodate the changing health status of its tenants, promoting long term tenure.
The program acquisition and upgrades will be completed by June 30th, 2007.
The 24 homes will become part of CHL’s long term housing program. Currently, CHL manage 385 properties, incorporating 550 tenancies throughout Victoria. Two hundred and ninety two new homes are to be built by the end of 2008. The result will be over seven hundred properties for low income Victorians.
First Deal Registered under CHL National Aboriginal Housing Program
CHL’s National Aboriginal Housing Program has negotiated its first tenancy management agreement for 40 properties owned by the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. The organisations that currently administer the Trust, Deloitte Touche Tomahatsu and the Federal Government, fully support the management proposal.
Services provided by CHL under the agreement commenced on Monday March 5. Tenancy management includes rent collection, and administering the maintenance and upgrade program. The current agreement with Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust will see out the financial year, providing all parties with an opportunity to work together before a longer term agreement in put in place.
Critically, CHL will liaise regularly with the Trust Advisory Committee. This committee represents the Lake Tyers community and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the housing management program.
“The CHL National Aboriginal Housing Program is still in its early stages, but based on the positive early responses we are seeing from all our stakeholders, we’re off to a very good start,” says Ms. Davidson.
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