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HousingPEOPLE July 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
July 2016
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Issue: July 2016

Welcome to the July edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. Last month was a very active period for the AHI team - full of travels and productive meetings. We had the pleasure to meet our members in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.  
Our focus for the following month is preparation for the Aboriginal Housing Master Class in Sydney - a two day residential event for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people. We published the program earlier in July and proud by the rich content and the incredible line up of speakers. 
As usual, in this edition of HousingPEOPLE, you'll find the list of upcoming industry events and latest career opportunities. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be always up to date with our latest news.

New AHI Members 

Welcome to our new members and Certified Housing Professionals.
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Didn't have a chance to attend the latest local events? 

In the past month we ran two professional practice seminars in Brisbane and Melbourne and had a chance to discuss government policies during networking events in Perth and New Zealand. 
Please, click on links below to read event summaries:

Upcoming Master Class

The intent of this two-day residential Master Class event is to provide an opportunity for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people and leaders from emerging Aboriginal housing to share results and generate ideas to work toward resolving existing Aboriginal housing issues and act on future Aboriginal housing needs.
8 – 9 Sep, Sydney

Upcoming Seminars

Building social inclusion and empowering tenants
22 Sep, Wellington, NZ

Innovation in mixed housing tenure development
29 Nov, Auckland

Exploring new ideas and innovative approaches in social housing
13 Dec, Sydney

October 2016 HousingWORKS: Call for Contributions

The topic for the October joint edition of Parity and HousingWORKS will be 'The Future of Housing Support'. A complete contribution guide will be available shortly - keep an eye out for our email inviting you to contribute. However, mark the contribution deadline in your diary - all contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, October 7th 2016.

Share your news with your peers!

Social Housing Update is a new HousingWORKS column, where social housing providers and businesses involved in the sector can share their company short (up to 250 words) news and announcements. We accept free and advertorial articles. To read contribution guidelines or to submit your announcement, please, click here.

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector.
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If you’re planning to attend the 2016 Affordable Housing Conference on 28-29 July in Sydney, please come and see us on our stand to say hello. You will be able to talk to our friendly staff directly about benefits of AHI membership and accreditation, upcoming AHI events and initiatives. We have also prepared a special offer for all Conference attendees! We are looking forward to seeing you!

AHI Member News 

It is with great pleasure that we have welcomed new members and Certified Housing Professionals in July. 

New Members

  • Mark Lawler, Achieve Australia, NSW
  • Jacqueline Brady, NT Shelter, Northern Territory
  • Joe Flood, Community Housing Limited, Victoria
  • Julie MacDonald, Wellington City Council    New Zealand
  • Di Harwood, Tenants Protection Association, New Zealand

New Certified Housing Professionals

  • Trudi Ray, Haven; Home; Safe, VIC, CHP Level 3
  • Laura Rutten, Wellington City Council, NZ, CHP Level 1
  • Robert Semau, Wellington City Council, NZ, CHP Level 1
Click here to read more about how AHI professional accreditation may assist you in pursuing your career plans.


We are excited by the rich content that will be offered at the two day residential master class and we want to give you a sneak-peek at what you’ll have access to in Sydney.

With the intent to provide an opportunity for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people to share results and generate ideas to work toward resolving existing Aboriginal housing issues and act on future Aboriginal housing needs, the master class will combine relevant case studies, discussions and workshops around different aspects of Aboriginal Housing, such as tenancy and property management, economic development, employment. 
Click here to see the full program and register online.

Past AHI events

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

23 June 2016, Brisbane

Following the the success of three fully-booked seminars in Sydney and Melbourne, the Australasian Institute was pleased to hold a forth Tenant Participation and Engagement seminar in Brisbane on the 23rd June 2016.
With delegates from across New Zealand and Australia and a diverse set of speakers it made for robust and thought-provoking discussion about strategy, methodology and good-practice to actively encourage tenant participation in community activities and how to engage and consult with tenants and involve them in the decision making and delivery of their housing.
Frances Paterson-Fleider, the Institute's Queensland Director opened proceeding, followed by an entertaining and frank presentation from Jon Eastgate (99 Consulting).  Drawing on Drawing on projects, consultations and literature, Jon looked at what tenants tell us about good housing policy.
Wendy Herman from Tenants Queensland overviewed the progress of the Leading the Way project including the good TPE practice achieved and path forward , while Rodney Holmes outlined the frameworks and initiatives upon which Churches of Christ Housing Services has built its successful Tenant Participation Program.
Common Ground Queensland tenants aided Sonya Keeps presentation, enabling insight into the tenant experience throughout their common spaces project.
Rachel Cornock from bric housing company extended the tenant participation and engagement discussion, exploring  in terms of how truly effective it is in providing tenants with an experience of social inclusion.
The next seminar in this series will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, 22nd September 2016. Click here to register online with a 25% early bird discount.

Innovation in Social Housing Professional Practice Seminar

5 July, Melbourne 

Innovation in Social Housing seminar featured several excellent presentations from representatives and associates of community housing organisations based in Victoria. The seminar was suggested to the national AHI body by the Victorian Branch early in 2016, and possible speakers were subsequently communicated to the national AHI officers creating the seminar program. The end result was a high standard seminar which could be replicated in other states and territories. The sponsorship by HomeGround Real Estate and Haven; Home, Safe was much appreciated. 

Michael Lennon, Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia was a provocative first speaker placing social housing issues within the context of the  challenges faced by the wider housing market, in particular declining home ownership. He presented a range of creative suggestions to address the declining home ownership trend and to enable longer term, more secure tenancies in the private rental market. Michael also suggested that government needed to play a facilitative role in addressing housing affordability and supply even if its capacity to fund this was limited, and proposed some actions which could be taken at the Commonwealth level in particular. 

Matthew Torney, Acting CEO at Urban Communities Limited described the experiences of the agency in taking on broader roles in housing including place making and renewal, community building, social enterprises involving tenants, and owners corporation management.  Matthew also presented some learnings from managing a mix of public, social, affordable and private rental housing, including on one site or within one local geographic area. 

Jeanette Large, CEO at Women's Property Initiatives (WPI) and Kristie Looney, Officer in Effective Control at WPI outlined the creation of a for-profit social enterprise Property Initiatives Real Estate whose profits will be directed back into WPI and more housing for women and children in need. The Real Estate business opened in March 2015 after about two years of planning and development. WPI gained great probono assistance in this work, particularly through the Crunch program offered by Social Traders. 

Zoe Vale, General Manager Northern Services at Launch Housing provided an overview of the supportive accommodation model delivered at the Elizabeth Street Common Ground property in conjunction with Yarra Community Housing. The model is based on the original concept established by New York Common Ground. The Victorian development featured a strong partnership between two registered agencies plus a major property developer Grocon. This housing targets people with complex needs due to mental health, drug and alcohol, acquired brain injury, or other significant issues. Zoe's presentation also highlighted the importance of collecting data and evaluating outcomes against original targets. Some instructive statistics were presented to show the beneficial outcomes being achieved. 

John Enticott, General Manager St Kilda Community Housing described the evolution of his agency from charity to welfare to advocacy to social enterprise and questioned where to from here. He captured the dilemma faced by many agencies about whether the key focus is growing the organisation's housing portfolio or adding value for the existing tenant base. His agency's priority is the second of these, and John outlined its social enterprise offshoots and other initiatives including the T2M maintenance service, graphic and web design enterprise, solar power rollout, and land trust model introduction. Social Traders had again assisted with its Thrive program, this time supporting the maintenance service's development.     

The final section of the seminar program showcased four innovative property developments with each presenter providing a brief overview and short video, after which seminar participants were able to discuss the developments directly with the presenters at their display tables in a break-out room. Greg Anson from FMSA Architecture showcased the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project undertaken with Port Phillip Housing Association, Di Winkler from Summer Foundation talked about housing severely disabled younger people moving from nursing homes, Trudi Ray and Sue Masters from Haven; Home,Safe described the Tucker Estate (Wattlewood) major development in Carrum Downs, and Philip Curtis from Habitat for Humanity discussed that agency's work particularly with a person whose previous home had been destroyed in the bushfires near Marysville in Victoria. 

Refreshments available in the break-out room were an enjoyable way to conclude a very stimulating day for all those present.

By Michael Forbes | Manager Regulation Housing Registrar | Financial Assets and Liabilities Department of Treasury and Finance

Innovation in Social Housing Seminar in Sydney
The next event of the series will be held in Sydney on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. 

We are now seeking interest from potential speakers that would like to showcase their sector innovations to their peers at future Innovation in social housing. Topic areas may include: business innovation; social enterprises / non-traditional revenue streams for housing businesses; innovative housing practice; innovative; partnerships with private sector or NGO; innovative financing / funding models; innovative housing types. To express interest, please email 
To read more and register online with a 25% early bird discount, please click here.

Networking Breakfast with the Hon Colin Holt, Minister for Housing WA

19 July, Perth

On 19th July a group of dedicated Western Australian housing professionals braved a four-degree morning to attend an AHI breakfast with the Minster for Housing, Racing and Gaming.
The morning commenced with a welcome from State Director Su Groome and an overview of the vision, objectives and key activities of the AHI from President Andrew Davis. Andrew drew on the experience of the South Australian branch to highlight the benefits of having a more active member base and events calendar in Western Australia. He put out a call for volunteers to work with Su and AHI staff to achieve that outcome.
The Minister then gave a candid perspective on the housing sector. The Minister made the argument that crisis, social or community housing needs to be seen as a point in time safety net, not a life-long housing option, whilst stressing that people who had no other housing options would not be left behind. He revealed a focus on using wrap around services to empower tenants to move towards home ownership or the private rental market and provided examples of early successes in the East Kimberley Transitional Housing Program. The Minister suggested that whilst investment in new stock, such as the Social Housing Investment Program was important, a focus on successful housing pathways was perhaps more productive that simply measuring the size of the waitlist.
In response to Q&A from the floor the Minister agreed that greater Federal leadership was required in the housing arena. He considered the particular needs of some of the groups in the audience and offered to meet with the specifically. The Minister also confirmed his support for the role of the community housing sector and noted that Government needed to work with the sector to secure its future.
We would like to thank Access Housing and Lake Maintenance for their support of the event as Silver Sponsors.
Please, click here to visit AHI Photo Gallery to find event pictures.
By Su Groome, General Manager Property Assets, Access Housing

AHI / CHA Networking Event with Alan Johnson: "Drawing the line – how many state houses do we need?"

21 July, Auckland, New Zealand

Alan Johnson, Social Policy Director at The Salvation Army in NZ, presented at an AHI event in Auckland on Thursday 21st July.

The presentation provided a critique of the current government’s stance that the overall numbers of state housing should reduce to 60,000 by 2017 and argues the provision of state housing should be based on the type and extent of need and a clear understanding of the interventions required to address this need.
Alan argues the underlying motive for government to reduce dependence on housing, by moving people along the continuum, ignores the housing reality for many. He points to overseas studies of future demand for social housing combined with decreasing levels of home ownership and an aging population as indicators that the need for social housing, and in NZ’s case primarily provided by the state, will require a much larger investment not a decreasing one. That the best response to the housing crisis we currently face is “a well supported state and NGO social housing system, based on the idea and ideal that we have a collective responsibility to support vulnerable people and families in and through housing in the hope that they can make the best of their lives as our fellow citizens.” (Alan Johnson, July 2016) 
The presentation was well received and prompted some great discussion amongst the 32 people that attended. 
Everyone was well looked after by the host and sponsor of the evening, Harrison Grierson. Thanks to Abu Hoque and his team for a great event. 

Stay up-to-date with current job vacancies with the NEW AHI Social Housing Job BoardIf you wish to advertise your vacancy on the AHI website and Housing People newsletter, please, click here and fill in the form. AHI job listing is currently a FREE service.
Property Manager, Link Housing, NSW
The Property Manager will be responsible for finding and securing new business opportunities and growing the rent role. You will also be responsible for compliance reporting as well as the marketing, viewing, tenanting, property management and continuous development of the affordable housing portfolio.

Housing Independence Officer, Hume Community Housing, NSW
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 community housing provider and manages and/or owns 1,800 social housing properties. They are seeking a Housing Independence Officer to support clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness to transition into stable and independent accommodation.


Affordable Housing Conference

28-29 July 2016, Sydney
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the University of Sydney (Urbanism program). The conference theme is, "What would it take to create 100,000 new affordable housing dwellings in NSW?". Read more

Solving Homelessness: The Economic Opportunity. Homelessness Week Industry Breakfast

5 August, Perth
Shelter WA invites you to join their thought provoking speakers for Homelessness Week Industry Breakfast as we discuss the provision of housing and the need to resolve homelessness in WA. Read more

The future of housing assistance 

19 October 2016, Adelaide
AHURI invites you to join them at the second conference in a new national series of cross-sectoral policy focused events. With the election of a new Federal Government and national funding agreements up for renewal, now is the right time to debate, discuss and consider the future of housing assistance in Australia. Read more
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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