News and Events
HousingFirst is proud to announce that we have won the Leading Housing Development Project at the Australasian Housing Institute’s (AHI) Awards for Victoria.
The AHI Awards honour inspirational staff and successful programs that make a difference in their community. This year, a record number of nominations were received, outlining successful projects and inspiring stories from community housing providers and housing authorities.
HousingFirst’s Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project (ACGP) was honoured for its successful people and place management approach. Following completion of the ACGP, 5-years worth of annual surveys (2013-2017) were conducted with tenants and the local community. These surveys provide evidence-based approach about the changing levels of social connection and the outcomes of local community building initiatives.
Key findings show levels of social connection between tenants increased over the 5 years, as did levels of social connection between our tenants and residents in nearby streets.
We are thrilled by the award, and as the Victorian winner, we are now entered into the Australasian Awards. Winners to be announced at the National Housing Conference in August, in Darwin.
HousingFirst’s annual Artist Collective Group Show is on from the 4th of September to the 30th of September as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, at the beautiful GasWorks Arts Park, in Albert Park.
All are welcome.
The show attracts thousands of visitors each year and is an amazing opportunity for our tenants to get their art seen, and sold.
This year’s theme is “The Space Within” and showcases a broad range of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture and more!
All artists exhibiting are currently living in HousingFirst properties.
PORT PHILLIP HOUSING ASSOCIATION
A new name and a new office
ST KILDA, 04th MAY 2018 - Leading Melbourne community housing provider, Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA), has changed its name to HousingFirst, reflecting its operational growth and expansion as it continues to provide safe and affordable housing to hundreds of vulnerable people across Melbourne.
First established in 1986 as the St Kilda Housing Association, the agency was renamed PPHA in 2001 after local government amalgamations created the City of Port Phillip. PPHA was not directly associated with the City of Port Phillip, but at that time its housing and accommodation services had expanded beyond St Kilda and into nearby suburbs.
On 17 April 2018, ASIC sent notice to PPHA (now known as HousingFirst) that it had consented to the resignation of the Company’s auditor, Lindsay Brown of L.B.A. Services Pty Ltd, Level 1, 250 Bay St Brighton VIC 3186. The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) requires an auditor to seek ASIC’s consent before they can formally resign.
Lindsay Brown had been PPHA’s auditor since the organisation’s earliest days. The auditor’s formal resignation was received on 24 April 2018; the resignation notice did not give a reason.
The proposed incoming auditor is Crowe Horwath Melbourne, of Level 17, 181 William St Melbourne. Crowe Horwath is recognised as a leader in providing audit and consulting services to the Not-for Profit sector. The incoming auditor will be appointed on a temporary basis until the Company’s 2018 AGM, at which the Company members will appoint an ongoing auditor.
Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) is pleased to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s approval of the funding package for PPHA to upgrade and re-purpose its rooming house accommodation facility in Little Grey Street.
PPHA Chief Executive Officer Haleh Homaei said: “The upgrade of the Regal accommodation facility is a great outcome – delivering a sustainable long-term future for this property, as well as maintaining our capacity to support vulnerable people in the St Kilda community.
“Our aim has always been to provide a long-term solution for our residents and for this area of St Kilda.
HousingFirst, unequivocally supports marriage equality. We support marriage equality because we believe it is a basic human right for everyone. We recognise the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) clients, employees and members of our community, to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.
HousingFirst supports the Yes vote for marriage equality as we believe that diversity in our community is a strength.
We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many people who may feel isolated or distressed. Take care of yourselves and if you find the events of the coming weeks overwhelming or they bring up issues for you, please remember there is help available and people to talk to including QLife 1800 184 527 and BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.
On Tuesday 18 July 2017, a large contingent of PPHA tenants and staff attended the Victorian Australasian Housing Institute Awards at Rydges in Melbourne. The AHI awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories and formally recognize excellence in professional practice and tenant/community engagement. PPHA had nominations in 5 categories and came away winners in two:
- Leading Asset Management for the Wominjeka Induction Program and
- Tenant Led Initiative for the Ashwood Cook-up.
PPHA are proud to have received these awards and congratulates the staff and tenants involved, both the winners and the nominated.
Ahead of the federal budget, affordable housing is certainly making headlines. PPHA has rated mention as a case study of what can be achieved by social housing organisations.
Follow these links to see more:
ABC Radio 'AM': http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2016/s4660955.htm
and ABC TV News : https://youtu.be/NQobVjqOsfE
In July 2016, PPHA embarked on a project to develop a charter to improve our services to tenants, members of the public and our community stakeholders. We consulted with staff through team meetings and with tenants through the Tenant Advisory Groups. In March 2017, every tenant received the Customer Service Charter Brochure along with the March Newsletter and soon signage will be installed at PPHA Offices and at properties with notice boards.
HousingFirst is committed to improving the personal wellbeing of tenants and understands the importance of education as a pathway into the workforce. To support tenants who are currently studying, or are about to study, HousingFirst is offering scholarships of up to $1000 out of a total pool of $10,000. MGS Architects generously donated $2000 towards the scholarship fund to support tenants who are studying as a pathway to work.
The Scholarship is available for tenants who are over 18 years of age and are currently studying or who have been offered a place in a course at a University, TAFE, private RTO or other registered training provider (such as a neighborhood house). The scholarship is also available for entry level courses such as basic literacy and numeracy, English language classes etc.
To apply for the scholarship just complete this form: HousingFirst Scholarship Application Form
Applications open Friday 24th March and close midnight Sunday 30th April.