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HousingPEOPLE December 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
December 2017
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Issue: December 2017

Welcome to the December edition of the HousingPeople newsletter, the final edition for 2017.

In December we hosted networking events with special guests from the USA, NAHRO, in Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington. These were excellent opportunities to network with high-profile American colleagues and learn best practices from the Nothern Hemisphere. Read more about the NAHRO tour in Australia and New Zealand. 

Thank you to everyone who completed the AHI Member Survey. Your feedback about AHI Services and ideas for the future events are greatly appreciated! We were delighted to announce that Martin Pearce (Otautahi Community Housing Trust), Jon Eastgate (99 Consulting), Rocco Esposito (FACS - Housing Services) and Jamie McAllister (Community Housing Council of SA) participated in the survey draw and won $100 vouchers each to use towards any AHI event in 2018. Congratulations again! 

The AHI office closes from 22 December 2017 to 15 January 2018. In the New Year we will continue providing you with high quality professional development services, networking opportunities and informational resources to support your career success in 2018. 

We wish all our members, employees, sponsors and partners a very happy and safe Christmas!


New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in Wollongong (NSW), Devonport (TAS) and Melbourne (VIC)! Read more


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2017 AHI Member and Friend survey

Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Thank you everyone who participated in the 2017 Member Survey! We've received numerous ideas of the topics for future events and noted all your feedback about our service delivery. 
The winners of the draw prize (a $100 voucher to use towards AHI events in 2018) are:

  • Jon Eastgate, 99 Consulting
  • Rocco Esposito, FACS - Housing Services
  • Jamie McAllister, Community Housing Council of SA
  • Martin Pearce, Otautahi Community Housing Trust

Congratulations to you all!

HousingWORKS: Call for contributions 

In March 2018 we are planning an open edition of HousingWORKS and are currently seeking contributions from the sector. Click here to read contribution guidelines. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Read more

Save the dates!

The first events of the 2018 are announced

Anti-Social Behaviour Management Professional Practice Seminar
Wed, 21 Mar 2018

After the tremendous success of the first seminar in 2017, we are delighted to announce that the second event of the series will be held on 21 March in Sydney. 25% Early Bird discount is available until 31 January 2018. Register now

Aboriginal Housing Master Class
9-10 May 2018
SA - Adelaide

This Master Class event will provide a forum for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people and leaders from emerging Aboriginal housing providers to exchange ideas and views on existing Aboriginal housing issues and future Aboriginal housing needs. Ultra Early Bird discount is available until 31 January 2018. Register now

AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome 18 new individual members in December!

New AHI Members:
  • Tania Arnold, SGCH, NSW
  • Cindy Butlin, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Angie Cairncross, Community Housing Aotearoa, NZ
  • Dzenita Cengic-Karup, SGCH, NSW
  • Linda Cooper, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Jason Deal, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Jen Deben, Community Housing Regulatory Authority, NZ
  • Sarah Greenlees, SGCH, NSW
  • Chali Jiang, SGCH, NSW
  • Michelle Koch, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Stuart Lummis, BHC Limited, QLD
  • Ian Lynch, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Jamie McAllister, Community Housing Council of SA, SA
  • Kerry Pearse, Moreton Consulting, NSW
  • Eoin Quinlivan, Bric Housing, QLD
  • Brooke Scobie, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Corina Sommerville, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, NZ
  • Maria Tyrogalas, SGCH, NSW

HousingWORKS March 2018: Call for contributions

In March 2018 we are planning an open edition of HousingWORKS and are currently seeking contributions from the sector. We welcome any articles that are related to social housing matters, including articles which focus on practice issues, opinion and comment, policy and research. We aim to include contributions from New Zealand, around Australia and overseas. The closing date for contributions is Wednesday, 28 February 2018Read our Contribution Guide.

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Social Housing Update
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NAHRO delegation visiting AHI New South Wales Branch

4-5 December 2017, Sydney

On Monday, 4 December the ten NAHRO delegates gathered on a wet Sydney morning in Kent Street and were met by Francis Brazil from SGCH. After taking the busses to SGCH’s head office in Hurstville, the delegation was met by the Executive Management Team and other senior staff. Scott Langford, SGCH’s CEO, gave an informative presentation on the workings of SGCH and tied it into how community housing works in NSW. There was then a chance to network and get information on what different departments did. The NAHRO delegation presented Scott with memorabilia from their respective jurisdictions. The tour then headed West and visited the newly opened satellite office and community space at Smart Street in Fairfield where frontline staff working in community development, placemaking, support coordination and tenancy management explained to the ten what they did and how each field works together to help sustain tenancies. A visit to Bonnyrigg office and the regeneration site there was followed by a tour of Riverwood and the new development there, where one of the tenants kindly agreed to showcase their unit. The tour finished off with a look at what was going to be regenerated in the 32ha for the future.
In the morning of Tuesday 5 December, the group headed to Bridge Housing to attend two site visits. The day started with a site tour of Balmain Housing Estate, where the delegation learned about the estate and Bridge Housing’s role, including the upgrade works and community development program. The tour was followed by a morning tea, which gave an excellent opportunity for a Q&A session with staff members. The second site visit was organised to Elger Street Development in Glebe.
In the afternoon, the delegation met for lunch to wish the NAHRO group well and see them off to Victoria. Donald Proctor from Compass Housing got the conversation going with plenty of time to network.
Prepared by Francis Brazil, AHI Director - NSW

AHI Victorian Branch hosts NAHRO delegates

6 December 2017, Melbourne

On Wednesday 6th December, the AHI Victorian Branch Committee played host to ten delegates of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) from the U.S.A.
The action-packed day started early, with the delegates visiting the office of Housing Choices Australia where AHI member (and Certified Housing Professional) Michael Lennon gave an informative background briefing on the provision of social housing in Victoria. Michael’s presentation also showcased some of HCA’s recent housing developments, and as Chairperson of the Community Housing Industry Association, Michael was able to give a national industry context to current housing policy.
After a quick visit to nearby Drill Hall to see HCA’s award-winning development of a heritage-listed CBD site, the delegation took a tram – an essential Melbourne experience! – to the Bourke Street Mall, where they joined the throngs to view the iconic Christmas displays in the Myer windows.
The feature of the day was a two-hour networking lunch at Rydges. Delegation leader Elizabeth Scott Glenn gave a detailed presentation about NAHRO, its history, structure and activities. This was followed by a Q&A session that explored how public housing is provided in the USA and some of the challenges that individual NAHRO delegates and their organisations currently face.
AHI Branch Committee member Amanda Donohoe (CEO of Servants Community Housing) generously provided her organisation’s bus – and herself as driver! – to take the NAHRO delegates on an afternoon tour of inner Melbourne, including a drive past the MCG, down to St Kilda and along the beach to Port Melbourne, where Branch Committee member Chris Chaplin took the group through Port Phillip Housing Association’s Kyme Place, an award-winning “air rights” development over a Council car park.
The day finished with a visit to the Elizabeth St Common Ground development, where RMIT's inaugural Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, Guy Johnson, gave a presentation on Unison Housing’s unique five-year applied research partnership with RMIT University.

Prepared by Chris Chaplin, AHI VIC Director and
Manager, Policy and Compliance, Port Phillip Housing Association

Hosting NAHRO housing colleagues in Wellington

7 December 2017, Wellington

On behalf of the Australasian Housing Institute, CHA hosted a delegation of housing officials from the US-based National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). They had been in Australia the previous week to attend the National Housing Conference and the AHI Awards Dinner. After visiting with community housing providers across the ditch, four members arrived in Wellington on 7 December to learn about social and affordable housing in New Zealand. On Friday, they had a full day of meetings and site visits around Wellington.

The morning started with a breakfast meeting hosted by Housing New Zealand who provided an overview of their activities. Common issues of portfolio regeneration and neighbourhood design were discussed. We next went to meet with Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials. Similarities and differences in housing subsidies, data collection and funding were identified. The NAHRO visitors emphasised that their housing is a tool to contribute to broader community outcomes. Laurie Putscher, Director of Asset Management of the District of Columbia Housing Authority remarked that their assets are defined as the homes the own, the residents who live in them and the neighbourhoods of which they are a part. This is a very different view to a limited financial statement analysis we commonly hear.

The next part of the visit took us to view the Centennial Apartments (HNZC) and Regent Park Apartments (WCC) before stopping at the Arlington Apartments in central Wellington. The Arlington is undergoing a complete regeneration by City Housing, bringing increased numbers of newly built homes over several phases to replace aging stock. Wellington’s City Housing staff hosted lunch in the community room of their refurbished Central Park Apartments. Alison Cadman with Dwell Housing Trust joined for the lunch and provided a site visit to see an infill development in Brooklyn consisting of affordable rental and shared ownership. By late afternoon, we wrapped up and allowed our colleagues to enjoy a wonderfully sunny Wellington day.

Prepared by CHA

AHI South Australian Branch Christmas Event

7 December 2017, Adelaide

Very early one morning in December, over 30 South Australian AHI members gathered for a hearty breakfast to celebrate another year of activities. The Christmas breakfast is a free annual event for AHI members as a thank you for their support throughout the year and AHI President Andrew Davis gave a quick overview of 'the year that was'. A delicious breakfast was served by the host restaurant (East of Norman in Sturt Street), albeit we will ensure the meals are served a little quicker next year!  There was much chatter between our colleagues and a great social and networking opportunity after a busy year in SA. All are looking forward to a good mix of events in SA in 2018, which will include Walking Tours of the Tonsley and Bowden precincts, Aboriginal Housing Masterclass, State Election Breakfast, and the usual 'Sector Drinks' networking events. See you all again in 2018.
Prepared by Andrew Davis, Australasian Housing Institute President
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