National not for profit housing Provider, Community Housing Ltd will be providing eleven (11) new head lease private rental properties in the East Gippsland region for women and their children escaping domestic violence as part of the State Government’s $50 million Rapid Housing Assistance Fund.
The funding is part of a ‘housing blitz’ announced by the State Government in response to priority recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. This initiative includes purchase of 184 social housing properties and up to $1.4 million for head leases for 124 social housing rental properties in priority areas across Victoria.
According to Shari McPhail, State Manager for CHL in Victoria, “Out of the 79 LGA’s in Victoria, East Gippsland is one of the top 5 regions for police call outs for family violence. This much needed funding will provide additional safe, secure and affordable homes for women and their children who have experienced family violence or have become homeless as a result.
The properties and will be located in close proximity to public transport and schools to ensure the tenants maintain their links to the local services and community.”
With an office in Bairnsdale, CHL is a trusted provider of housing and homelessness service in East Gippsland for the past 20 years. And has partnered with Windermere Family Services to provide support and individualised assistance to the tenants.
“These homes will be available by the end of this year. Safe and affordable housing is the key to stabilizing the lives of those most vulnerable specially women and children, from which they can begin to rebuild their lives,” adds Shari.
“Overall CHL has been successful in receiving just under 10% of the Rapid Housing Assistance funding which includes 20 spot purchase properties – 8 in the city of Casey and 12 in Latrobe and 6 head leasing arrangements in East Gippsland in addition to those mentioned above”, adds Shari.
About CHL: Community Housing Ltd (CHL), 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 a growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. In Victoria, CHL has 7 offices with a portfolio of over 2,000 properties under its management.
Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, PNG and India. Winner of various Industry Awards including HIA Special Purpose Housing and United Nations Association of Australia, CHL has over 6,000 properties under its management across the country.
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Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations t 03 9856 0021