National not for profit housing provider Community Housing Limited (CHL) has reached a significant milestone in its development as a housing organisation in Western Australia (WA) with 522 properties in its management portfolio since being approved as a growth provider in WA in 2009. The milestone was marked with the handing over of the keys to the 500th tenant, Jennifer Lucas by the Hon Minister Bill Marmion at CHL’s newest development in Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge.
“CHL launched its operations in WA with 39 properties in Perth and Geraldton which were funded through the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan (NBESP) in Perth and Geraldton four years ago. The number of properties under management has since increased significantly across the State so we’ve seen a rapid growth in the last few years. This includes management of 40 new ‘Transitional Homes’ in Kununurra under the East Kimberley Development Program which are nominated for the WA Premier’s Awards,” says Managing Director Steve Bevington.
“This growth has been achieved through a combination of Federal Government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), NBESP, State Government’s Management transfers, Remote Indigenous Housing Program and East Kimberley Development Program. And we thank them for their continued support and commitment to improve housing and service delivery to those disadvantaged in the community,” adds Steve.
CHL was also the first community housing provider in the State to leverage and build properties under NBESP last year. The organisation completed eight four-bedroom houses after committing $2.4million towards the development of 16 properties in Geraldton under the program.
“The public housing asset transfer initiative simply paves the way for significant social housing reform to take place. It could be an important driver to meet the growing needs of WA as a whole as the powerhouse economy of Australia. CHL has now demonstrated that it could leverage properties and secure private funding to provide the much needed affordable housing stock here.”
CHL was also the recipient of 173 incentives under NRAS 4 out of which 20% has so far been delivered. CHL currently owns the titles to 88 properties which the organisation plans to leverage further to provide more affordable housing opportunities.
“The transfer of public housing stock in greater magnitudes would mean that we could not only stimulate local business, but we could tackle public housing waiting lists, provide housing for essential service workers like social workers and healthcare workers who are currently suffering stress in private rental, and we could provide sustainable pathways out of homelessness,” says Steve.
State Manager for CHL, Shane Hamilton, says that CHL was pleased to be able to work collaboratively with the Federal and State Government to realise housing growth so quickly.
“Over the last few years CHL has housed over 1500 people around the State ranging from singles, young families, Indigenous, mental health, disability and aged. While community housing organisations in WA have the option of selecting only 70 per cent of their tenants from the joint waiting list, the CHL organisational vision is to house those people with the greatest need,” says Shane.
CHL has established an affiliation with a number of support agencies across the State. Some of these include NEAMI, Wunan Foundation, MIFWA Aftercare, Perth Home Care, RUAH, RISE, Geraldton-based support organisations (Chrysalis, Stay, Sun City Churches, Geraldton Resource Centre and Mid West Community Living), giving the organisation an opportunity to provide mutual benefits.
“These agencies have clients who need support to maintain their tenancies, but no properties in which to house these clients, so CHL will provide the tenancy and housing management services and the occupants will have their tenancies supported by the agencies,” says Shane.
In the East Kimberley CHL has made a serious commitment to the region and has been able to build a relationship of trust and respect with the local aboriginal communities. “CHL has earned credibility throughout the East Kimberley for the constructive and respectful way we have engaged with families and communities since we established operations here. We have developed constructive working relationships with other like minded organisations as well as completing renovations worth $1.1million in the region,” says Steve.
CHL has three offices in WA including Perth, Geraldton and Kununurra and will continue to look for opportunities to add more housing in the State.
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing.
Its vision is ‘a world without housing poverty’. 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.
It has over 4000 properties under management across Australia. 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.
For more information on CHL, contact:
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Community Housing Limited
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m 0430 555 241