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Community Housing Limited (CHL), a leading national and international affordable housing provider and key partners have today launched a breakthrough affordable housing development in Hastings.

Joining CHL Chairman Chris Shields for the launch – a ceremonial ‘turning of the sod’ – were; Mayor of Mornington Peninsula, Cr David Gibb; Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc (FPC) President Joy Jarman; the State Member for Hastings Neale Burgess; Member for Nepean Martin Dixon; Member for Mornington David Morris; Member for South-Eastern Metropolitan Robert Smith; and the Members for Eastern Victoria Johan Scheffer and Edward O’Donohue.

The $4.6 million development is located on prime bayside land bordered by Marine Parade, and Church and King Streets in the heart of Hastings and close to services and amenities.

The development will have 20 new affordable homes offering secure long-term rental accommodation; 13 to the aged and families on low to moderate incomes; and seven for people living with an intellectually or physical disability people who can live independently with support.

On the adjoining property, the Office of Housing has also funded the development of Shared Supported Accommodation (aka, community residential units or CRUs) that will house five to six people living with severe disability and requiring full time care.

Adding to the appeal of the design is the decision to integrate the two developments through the use of common open space that includes plans for landscaping, gardens, and peaceful recreation areas including a gazebo and barbeque – the latter being funded by FPC.

The innovative approach in regards to the mix of tenants that can be housed is already being referred to as the ‘Hastings model’ based on its ability to accommodate and support tenants living with a disability yet requiring different degrees of care, from 24 hour/7 day onsite care for highly dependent tenants to supported independent living.

“The ‘Hastings Model’ is a breakthrough to integrate CRU’s with the supported Housing model that is tenant centred and flexible. The integration of the CRU into the overall development has been a key consideration in the design process. CHL has a range of skills, one being award winning architectural design of dwellings sensitive to the needs of people with a disability, and we anticipate this development will be closely looked at as a leading edge example of housing and supporting people with a disability,” says Mr Shields.

“We would like to congratulate FPC for their vision and thank the Office of Housing, DHS Disability Services, and the Mornington Peninsula Council for their support and cooperation in realising this great vision.”

The project has been characterised by a tight-knit partnership between the Government (Office of Housing [OOH] and Department of Housing Services [DHS]), FPC, Mornington Peninsula Council, and CHL to achieve a next-generation concept in affordable housing.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor David Gibb said the project was a great example of what could be achieved when a range of organizations work together towards a common goal.

“I would like to publicly acknowledge the wonderful work that the Frankston Peninsula Carers has done in close consultation with other partners to pull off this project,” he said. “I look forward to returning to the site in 2011 to see the completed buildings and meet with some of the residents who will be living here.”

FPC was the project’s initial driving force.

“Our organisation’s aim is to provide suitable long-term housing for adults with an intellectual disability.  We are therefore thrilled that our efforts have paid dividends and this project will go a small way towards easing the crisis in housing for these forgotten people,” says FPC’s Joy Jarman.  “We will not be stopping here and look forward to working with the various levels of government and community housing on a future project.”

Community housing is an exciting housing option for locals in Hastings who have struggled with the high cost of rent. As part of CHL’s approach to strengthening communities, priority will be given to people with ties to the local area. Tenants who are successful in securing one of the new properties will pay no more than 30% of their income in rent, which will be equivalent to paying between 60-75% of the normal market rate.

“These units are very attractive in design and in a spectacular location in the heart of the local community. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a landmark development in Hastings and symbolic of the strength of the local community,” says Mr Shields.

The project features include:

  • 14 one-bedroom units facing Marine Parade, including seven wheelchair-accessible units on the Ground floor and seven upper level units with an east facing terrace and views over the bay
  • Six two-bedroom units facing Church Street, including three units downstairs with north facing private open space and three units upstairs with balconies
  • A shared supported accommodation unit facing King Street, which is a single storey building that will house six people with disabilities and also provide accommodation for a full time support worker. This building also includes a north facing garden area, and a double carport
  • A communal garden area in the centre of the site will provide an opportunity for residents to do some gardening, socialise, and enjoy a dedicated BBQ area.

Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its mission is ‘to provide affordable and sustainable housing for all’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and most recently India. 

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.


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