On the 15th December 2013 Community Housing Limited (CHL) celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Over the past two decades, CHL has gone from a housing agency providing both transitional and long term housing in regional Victoria to now having offices Australia wide and overseas. CHL has also been active in undertaking projects in Timor Leste for the past 8 years and building housing for those in high need in Chile for the last 4 years.

Since CHL’s establishment in 1993 the organisation has provided relief, a restored sense of worth and pride, and a return to a more happy and productive life for more than 200,000 people in need through assisting access to affordable housing where tenants pay between 60-75% of the market rent and providing services to the homeless.

“The fact is, affordable and sustainable housing should be available for all those in need wherever they are in the world. This is the mission that CHL pursues each and every day,” says Mr. Steve Bevington, Managing Director CHL.

In leading CHL’s continued growth every house completed means another family or individual who has long- term  tenure that they have either never had in their lives, or haven’t experienced for many years – often decades. In many cases access to community housing has stopped families from becoming homeless.

Steve says the plan for CHL is still in its infancy.

“To achieve our vision of affordable housing for all those in housing need, we’re on a long term plan.  20 years has been enough time to prove that a viable financial model for affordable housing can operate at the bottom end of the housing market, where tenants pay subsidised market rent and organisations managing that housing can cover costs and invest in future growth.

The financial model is a collaborative, partner-based model in which all levels of government, local interest groups representing tenants in need, social service organisations, and the private sector work with CHL on a project-by-project basis.

To that end, CHL has become a national provider by satisfying the individual criteria of State governments in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia to develop affordable housing on a large scale.

After nearly 20 years of building an organisation from scratch to becoming a leading national and international community housing organisation with 4300 affordable rental properties, CHL is working on a long term plan to pursue its vision of ‘a world without housing poverty’.


For more information contact:

Preeti Daga t   0430 555 241   e preeti.daga@chl.org.au


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