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Growing Together - A Rooming House Community Gardening Project

PPHA is excited to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from Australian Ethical.

Australian Ethical is an ethical superannuation firm that donates 10% of pre-tax profits to their grants program. superfund members vote for their community grant recipients. The Growing together project was shortlisted from hundreds of applications, and was one of only two $20,000 grants that were available.

Growing Together is a community garden project designed to create social connection and build capacity with PPHA rooming house tenants.

Rooming house residents participating in the project have the opportunity to build skills in communication, team-work, negotiation and conflict resolution, whilst also learning about food cultivation and gardening. By participating in the project, it is hoped that tenants trust and confidence in themselves and each other will increase.

Many rooming house residents have been long-term unemployed and would like the opportunity to work, but do not have the confidence or skills needed to re-enter the workforce. Growing a community garden together provides an opportunity for people to not only grow food, but develop a skillset and a sense of connectedness with each other. In the process, this will assist tenants in improving self-esteem, having the confidence to take the necessary steps to employment and regaining control over their lives.



Victoria's Social Housing has Lost Millions of Dollars in Funding, Figures Show

A Productivity Commission report has shown that Victoria’s state’s social housing funding dropped by more than half between 2010 and 2014.

Victoria’s spending on social housing has plummeted in recent years, with New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland now spending more each year, the Productivity Commission has found.


Figures released by the Productivity Commission show that NSW spent $1.9bn on social housing in 2013-14, WA spent $714m and Queensland spent $488m.

But the Victorian Labor government said the figures were evidence the previous Liberal administration “tore the heart” out of social housing.

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Winner: Medium to Large Business, Citipower Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards

Last night, several PPHA staff attended the Gala Event held at the Bayview Eden on Queen Street and hosted by Tracy Harvey. PPHA was a finalist in two categories, picking up the Award for Business Excellence in the category of Medium to Large Business.

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Citipower Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards

Port Phillip Housing Association has been announced as a finalist in the Citipower Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards for 2014 in two categories:

  • Medium and Large Business and
  • Partnership and Corporate Responsibility -  NFP.
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Rooming House Survival Guide

Focused on the services and opportunities available within the City of Port Phillip, the Rooming House Survival Guide was launched at a public function on Monday 4 August. The guide is available as a printed booklet or as a pdf on a USB stick. Produced by St Kilda Community Housing, the booklet aims provide information to rooming house residents on the activities and services that can be accessed easily and importantly, cheaply. An advisory committee of housing staff, rooming house residents and service providers oversaw the production of the booklet. PPHA had both a staff and a rooming house representative on the committee. Congratulations to all on producing this valuable resource.

Download Guide Here

Film from M.A.D.E. Exhibition

A film from the M.A.D.E. exhibition and homelessness conference held in March is now available to be viewed.

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Kerry Riches, Finalist in the HESTA Unsung Hero Award

In recognition of her work with the men of the Regal Rooming House, Kerry Riches was nominated in the HESTA Unsung Hero Awards.

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Visions in Substance

Affordable Housing: Everyone Has A Story To Tell

Art Exhibition and Community Forum

Due to the great success of the November 2013 Exhibition Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) in partnership with The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) is highlighting the important role affordable and secure housing can play in boosting community participation and personal resilience of community housing tenants.

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Housing Report Released

In an unprecedented move, seven state peak organisations with an interest in housing, homelessness and domestic violence have come together to produce a new vision for social housing in Victoria.

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PPHA Wins National Awards

Announced at the Powerhousing Conference on Thursday 20 March 2014, PPHA won two of the five national award categories for the community housing sector. 

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