CHL’s community garden project is taking off in Ravenswood, Tasmania. From what started off as a small block to what is now a flourishing community garden, people from all ages are finding themselves getting down with the dirt at their new local hangout spot.
The pioneer Parade garden was recently recognised at the AHI State Awards in Hobart under the ‘Tenant Led Initiative’ category. It is part of a community partnership brought to life by our wonderful CHL tenants, local not-for-profit neighborhood organisation, Starting Point and students from Ravenswood Heights Primary School.
To read more about the community garden project, please click HERE
Homelessness is on the rise across Australia with as many as 200 people across the Hastings, NSW sleeping rough every night of the week. With social housing often filled to the brim due to overcrowding, people are left on waiting lists resulting in them staying on the streets, in short-term accommodations such as Airbnb’s.
In this video, Prime News covers how Homelessness is ever-increasing and how CHL plays a part in tackling these numbers by providing those without homes with references and rental bonds.
CHL LAUNCHES ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY HOUSING LIMITED & RECONCILIATION PLAN IN COFFS HARBOUR
In various locations across the country CHL staff, local community and guests gathered to celebrate the launch of CHL’s Reconciliation Action Plan with traditional performances, Welcome to Country, and the sharing of stories and good grub. In Coffs Harbour, NSW, CHL also celebrated the forming of Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL).
ACHL will provide culturally appropriate housing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Supported by CHL in its early years, ACHL is set to become the first independent national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led and managed provider of long-term affordable housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
CHL is thrilled to formalise what has been an over 15 year commitment to supporting the provision of long-term affordable housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the sustainable development of their communities.
December 18th 2018
Christmas 2018 came early for 8 families living in our units in Victoria’s Bendigo region with solar panels now installed on their homes – thanks to a partnership with Bendigo Sustainability Group.
More than $30,000 have been donated by the local community and businesses to power these homes which will deliver $500 annually in savings to the tenants.
A morning tea and ribbon cutting was enjoyed by tenants from the units.
To learn more click here to view WIN TV Coverage:
13th October 2018
Five aspiring young adults from northern suburbs of Launceston were presented with financial scholarships as part of the CHL Tasmania Scholarship Program by World Champion Boxer Daniel Geale and Brisbane Lions Development Coach Zane Littlejohn at a presentation ceremony.
Here is a video of the local TV news coverage on this highly successful and popular program.
Friday 1st June2018
Eight of our houses in the Bendigo area of Victoria have been selected for one of the two projects for a fundraising campaign by the Bendigo Sustainability Group under their Community Power Hub Program. Their main areas of focus is to establish community owned solar PV projects on local businesses, community buildings, schools and social / low income housing. The financial savings from these projects will flow directly to residents tenanting the units as well as contributing towards more community owned renewable energy projects in Bendigo and central Victoria.
The fundraising campaign was launched at the Badminton stadium in Bendigo by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and attended by Mandy Stewart, Senior Tenancy Coordinator and one of our tenants William Whyman who will benefit from this project.
Here is a video on Channel 9 covering the launch.
WIN News Gippsland
8th February, 2018
Shari McPhail, Victorian State Manager was interviewed by WIN News Gippsland on the housing shortage and the need for more community housing across the State.
Please see the video for more information.
Prime7 News North Coast
Below is the link to a new story on Prime 7 News with local partners welcoming the announcement of the management transfer for around 1,300 properties in NSW’s Mid North Coast region.
ABC News – TV
Melbourne councils are trying to use their power over zoning to push developers into setting aside more homes for affordable housing. CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington and Guy Nelson from Alpha Partners talk to ABC NEWS at the site of one of the largest public private Inclusionary rezoning projects in Alphington, Victoria.
3 May 2017
A world class refurbished shared supported disability accommodation, popularly known as ‘Wiles House’ was officially opened amidst local community members in Maryborough.
Redesigned, built and managed by Community Housing Ltd (CHL), the innovative high quality development is designed to the Australian Standard for Accessibility and Platinum criteria for disabled access making it fully SDA compliant under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is due to be rolled out in the next two years.
The newly redeveloped facility now includes three affordable and accessible independent disability units for those with high and complex support needs living in long-stay health care or aged care facilities.
This architecturally designed home will support people with a disability under the age of 65 years and includes a guest bedroom attached to each unit for overnight accommodation – providing 24/7 access to support.
October 8th 2016
Community Housing Ltd’s flagship Scholarship Program has received a huge response from the community with double the number of applications received in its second year. Launceston born sporting legends former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting and Champion Boxer Daniel Geale today presented 3 scholarships to successful recipients from the northern suburbs of Launceston as part of the Scholarship Program in the areas of education, sports and performing arts.
CHL had introduced this Scholarship Program last year for young adults between 12-18 years of age living in a CHL managed house under the Better Housing Futures Program in the suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly. The program includes three scholarships capped at $3,500 and aims to enhance the skills and further the social and professional development of the recipients with a view to securing employment in the future.
The successful recipients of the 2016 CHL Tasmania Scholarship Program are:
|Daria Bannister||Rocherlea||Scholarship certificate presented by Ricky Ponting , Daniel Geale||$3,500 – Sports & Education|
|Brayden Freeman||Rocherlea||Scholarship certificate presented by Chris Collins||$3,500 – Sports & Education|
|Scholarship certificate presented by Mayor Van Zetten||$3,500 – Education|
World population is growing and is expected to surpass the 8 billion mark in 2024.
Developing nations will add almost 3.7 billion people to their population base by 2100 with 35 countries leading the growth in this number.
The UN estimates that by 2030, over three billion people will live in urban slums, making urban slums the fastest growing human. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour (UN-Habitat, 2005).
Building affordable housing especially in emerging nations amounts to a multi-trillion dollar opportunity for investment, employment and economic growth. However the cost of finance in most of the developing nations is high.
In the Post GFC world, fund managers and their shareholders are constantly looking for diversification in their investment portfolio by including medium to high risk opportunities which guarantee return and are ethical.
Emerging markets are medium to high risk avenues but can offer guaranteed returns however often fund managers do not have an entry point into these markets or have high uncertainty in evaluating risk and return.
This is where Community Housing Ltd (CHL) can offer a credible entry point to mobile international finance and engage in emerging markets for interested investors.
Community Housing Ltd will be providing 29 new affordable homes in East Gippsland and Latrobe City for women and children escaping family 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.
Click on the video to watch Shari McPhail, CHL Victorian State Manager talk to Win News on this funding.
SEPTEMBER 28 2015
Community Housing Ltd (CHL) has introduced a Community Scholarship Program for all young adults between the age of 12-18 years old living in a CHL managed property in the suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly.
CHL is offering 3 scholarships capped at $3,500 to any young tenant seeking to undertake vocational study in the area of education, sport and performing arts.
The program aims to provide an opportunity to young people to enhance their skills and further their social and professional development with a view to securing employment in the future. CHL is attempting to improve this situation and is committed to supporting the long term community development and social inclusion of these suburbs by providing opportunities to advance education, skills building, employment, and general wellbeing.
Watch the video to see more.
MAY 28 2013
Since establishing operations in Gippsland in 2003, CHL is currently managing 474 dwellings out of which 169 dwellings have been designed and constructed through a mix of capital from Government and CHL worth $50 million making it the largest injection of investment by a community housing provider in the region. Besides the growth of new housing, these projects have provided a boost to the local economy by creating employment, construction and subcontracting jobs.
The properties managed by CHL are located in East Gipplsand, South Gippsland, Bass Coast, Latrobe Valley, Wellington in Gippsland. In both Bairnsdale and Morwell, CHL runs Transitional Housing Services for families in housing crisis, and is aware of the chronic shortage of Long Term Housing.
With the COAG agreement in place for States to transfer up to 35% of their public housing stock to community housing organisations by 2014, national community housing provider Community Housing Limited (CHL) says it is now up to State Governments to take the next step and start making the transfers a reality.
In Victoria in 2008, CHL received an ownership transfer of 50 properties with a book value of almost $17.5 million from the State Government’s Office of Housing. These properties were already being managed by CHL, and the transfer was made on the condition that it continue to house the same tenant group currently being served, and provide 15% of the book value in additional housing. The transfer of public housing stock has proven to be an effective mechanism for CHL to assist more people and families in housing need across a shorter timeframe.
In the video CHL’s Managing Director, Steve Bevington discusses the economic impacts of title transfers of upto 35% of public housing stock to Not for profit providers as per the COAG decision.