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HousingPEOPLE May 18

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
May 2018

Issue: May 2018

Welcome to the June edition of the HousingPeople e-newsletter. 

During last month we held successful Housing Buzz networking events in Sydney and Tauranga, NZ, Professional Excellence in Housing Showcase in Melbourne and Port Adelaide Urban Walking Tour

The Aboriginal Housing Master Class event in Adelaide was again a great success, click here to read the report from the event. Once again a thank you to the AHO for partnering to deliver this important event. See below the list of upcoming professional development events and we hope to see you at one of them! 

On a separate note, have you already renewed your AHI Membership? We thank those who have and encourage those who haven’t to use the last chance and renew today. This is a great way to stay connected to the community of dedicated social housing professionals. 

We are also offering a 15% discount for ALL AHI workshops that can be conducted as part of your in-house training and tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. Book before the end of financial year and enjoy the discounted price. Click here to find more. 

Kelly Badewitz,

Executive Officer, 
Australasian Housing Institute

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

How to become a CHP Webinar

26 June 2018
Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar will guide AHI members through the process to become accredited through the Australasian Housing Institutes professional recognition program. Register online


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EOFY In-House Training Offer

With the end of the financial year around the corner, take advantage of the AHI in-house training offer! Book before June 30 to receive a 15% discount on all in-house workshops.
Click here to read learn about our in-house training offering or email us directly to take up the offer!

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in VIC, QLD and SA. Read more

Past Events 

Read more about Housing Buzz networking events, Professional Excellence in Housing Showcase in Melbourne, Port Adelaide Urban Walking Tour, and the Aboriginal Housing Master Class.

Upcoming events

Emerging Leaders Caucus
26 June 2018
NSW - Sydney
Register now

Housing Excellence Showcase
27 June 2018 | Hobart, TAS
Register now for Showcase and Hobart Housing Tour

Creating People Places Professional Practice Seminar
30 August 2018
TAS - Hobart
Register now

Other Industry Events 


AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome 32 new individual members in May!

New AHI Members:
  • Rebecca Amadio, SGCH, NSW
  • Michael Bacon, Link Housing, NSW
  • Deborah Baunach, Link Housing, NSW
  • Clive Bowden, PPHA, VIC
  • Errol Brown, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
  • Caitlin Chesterfield, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
  • Margo Emmerik, The Housing Trust, NSW
  • Gino Espinosa, Link Housing, NSW
  • Lauren Farrugia, SGCH, NSW
  • Ellie Francis-Brophy, HCAU, VIC
  • Michelle Guerin, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
  • Darren Jackson, The Housing Trust, NSW
  • Ken Langston, Community Sector Banking, TAS
  • Amanda Levy, Link Housing, NSW
  • Vere Longmore, Launch Housing, VIC
  • Luke Manton, Link Housing, NSW
  • Pablo Marques, Link Housing, NSW
  • Joanne Massey, HPW, QLD
  • John McBryde, Central Australian Affordable Housing Company, NT
  • Alison O'Neill, Link Housing, NSW
  • Karen Phillips, AnglicareSA Housing, SA
  • Sally Phillips, Argyle Housing, NSW
  • Steve Polata, ComCare Trust, NZ
  • Laurie Putscher, NAHRO, USA
  • Karl Ruddenklau, ComCare Trust, NZ
  • Elyse Rust, AnglicareSA, SA
  • Sally Saunders, Launch Housing, VIC
  • Nickie Toulakis, Launch Housing, VIC
  • Madeleine Wacher, Link Housing, NSW
  • Kirstin Waters, ComCare Trust, NZ
  • Lara Wickenton, Launch Housing, VIC
Welcome to a new Corporate Member!
It’s a great honour to announce Link Housing as a new Corporate Member of the Institute. Welcome aboard!

Here are the reasons why Link Housing decided to join AHI:
  • The opportunity to network with other social housing providers and the broader community.
  • Belong to a nationally recognised organisation.
  • In line with Link Housing values of delivering excellence and getting the best possible outcomes for tenants.
  • Tap into the professional development and training that’s on offer.
Corporate Membership offers significant career development opportunities for the staff of proactive housing and human service businesses and organisations. Join our community! Read more about corporate membership.

Renew your membership!

We thank all our Members who have already renewed their membership and encourage those who haven’t to​ renew today!

What's in it for you?

Benefits of AHI membership that you will continue to receive include:
New Certified Housing Professionals:
  • Mark O’Dwyer, Compass Housing, NSW
  • Bernard Wilson, Bric Housing, QLD
Click here to see the full list of accredited housing professionals. Click here to learn how to promote your membership and accreditation to your professional network.
The third in 2018 Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar is now scheduled for AHI members on Tuesday 26 June, 11am-12pm AEST. It will guide you through the whole process to become accredited through the Australasian Housing Institutes professional recognition program. Register now

 NSW Housing Buzz Networking Event, 9 May 2018, Sydney

Is NIMBYism blocking affordable housing in NSW?

Question: What do affordable housing practitioners and housing developers see ahead? Answer: A sharing society! This surprise emerged in our regular wine bar discussion event, the Housing Buzz, with a panel of the wise and witty – Debbie Georgopoulos CEO Womens Housing Co., Karen Walsh CEO NSW Shelter, and Chris Johnson CEO NSW Urban Taskforce. The MC for the night was the infatigable Rebecca Pinkstone from Bridge Housing.

The AHI’s NSW Committee’s popular post-work wine bar housing events from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, encourage informed and energetic housing debate and controversy in a relaxed sofa environment, helped by a free drink included in the modest entry fee. Much informal discussion follows as people plan their evenings. Chatham House rules rule.

The May discussion began with 5-10 minute up-front positions by the three panel members, each with views ranging from NIMBYism as a reasonable expression of community anxiety with change, to self-regarding exclusion of otherness – the ‘us and them’ syndrome. 

That set the room buzzing, with a wide range of views from the floor expressing displeasure with current investment-led high-rise housing developments that failed housing affordability and equity, marketing of new housing with images of exclusivity, tax regimes that encouraged speculation, and plenty of examples of ‘not in my backyard’ views of social housing from local government and the 2010 public housing Nation Building response to the GFC.

Although affordable housing as an issue appears systemic and chronic, Chris Johnson suggested that trends are driving new housing towards greater resource sharing in the form of multi-unit medium-high density communities, and away from the detached ‘home as castle’ models of shelter. He suggested that with increased communal living, the distinctions between low-income accommodation and exclusivity of high-end housing will diminish, citing examples such as Barcelona.

Our MC thanked the panel and the 35 or so attendees agreeably satisfied by the discussion, and debate continued elsewhere over drinks and café dinners. The wine bar model appears to be a successful way to expand the reach of the AHI and housing professionals, and the NSW Committee is busy organising the next Housing Buzz event.
Mark Singer
AHI NSW Committee Member

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

The Australasian Housing Institute co-hosted an Aboriginal Housing Masterclass with NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).
More than 60 participants from both remote and urban areas of Australia attended the 2 day event in Adelaide.
We heard from a diverse range of practitioners, CEO’s, program managers, and architects from the community, not-for-profits, for-profits, and government agencies. The speakers were passionate advocates for best practice and generously shared their knowledge and experience from many corners of the globe. 
Participants heard about the successes and failures from the past as well as new and innovative approaches for the future around engagement with communities, design, planning, and the logistics of remote communities.
The Master Class was an opportunity to bring leaders from the Aboriginal Housing sector together to share information, highlight national and international learnings and address some of the big issues facing the community.
This was the 3rd Aboriginal Housing Master Class and the participants now have a wider network of likeminded professionals to touch base with, as well as new ideas to take back to their organisations and communities of interest.
Julie Blake
Chief Executive Officer, Westside Housing Association
SA AHI Director

 NZ Housing Buzz Networking Event, 23 May 2018, Tauranga 

The NZ Branch’s first ‘Housing Buzz’ networking event was a great success. Jeff Mosley, a community development practitioner from the U.S. on an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy, discussed his research into how communities secure capital to deliver public/affordable housing, as well as affordable housing delivery mechanisms in the US.

During the lively Q&A session, Jeff shared his observations on issues of capacity that limit housing delivery and also asked questions to inform his research.

The event was attended by a mix of housing providers, Iwi, local councils and housing related consultants and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. So looks like ‘Housing Buzz’ is an Aussie import we will be more than happy to adopt – thank you Sydney!  
Vicki McLaren
General Manager, Tauranga, Accessible Properties New Zealand
NZ AHI Director

VIC AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Showcase, 23 May 2018, Melbourne

On 23 May, the AHI Victorian branch committee hosted an Excellence in Housing Showcase at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in the Melbourne CBD. A great turnup of 23 delegates, representing 11 organisations, enjoyed a detailed presentation from six of the eight winners in last year’s AHI Victorian housing awards, each of those winners having gone on to compete as finalists in the Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards presented at the National Housing Conference in Sydney last November.
James Wray of HousingFirst presented the “Ashwood Cook-Up”, winner of the Tenant Led Initiative Award, in which a group of elderly tenants broke down cultural barriers and improved social inclusion, tenants’ self-confidence, independence and general nutrition by running cooking classes. James also presented HousingFirst’s “Tenant Induction Program”, winner of the Leading Asset Management Award: by providing an induction for the first tenants in a new development project, the organisation was able to increase tenant engagement, deepen the relationship with tenants, improve their enjoyment of their tenancy and reduce staff time in responding to property-related issues.
Rachel Gellatly and Sue Farrell from Haven Home Safe showcased the Sidney Myer Haven project, winner of Victoria’s Anthony Hardy Memorial Award for Excellence in Social Housing and also winner of the Australasian award. The project is a 23-unit development in Bendigo combining medium-term social housing with a range of supports, life skills and education programs, with the aim that participants exit within 24 months into the public or private sector with the life skills and ability to sustain their tenancies.
Caroline Larcher of Women’s Property Initiatives presented the “Reynard Street Coburg Development”, winner of the Leading Housing Development Project Award. Seven townhouses were built on a tiny inner-suburban lot purchased from the local council and the state transit authority, providing an excellent example of compact but highly functional social housing combining innovative, fit for purpose design and efficient use of land.
Jane Crombie showcased Housing Choices Australia’s “Love Your Laneway Mural Project”, winner of the Leading Community Engagement Practice Award. Residents collaborated with local businesses and the wider community to breathe new life into their CBD neighbourhood by rejuvenating their laneway. Professional artists were engaged to design and paint a huge rainforest mural reflecting the residents’ journey through homelessness to their current place of serenity. One of the residents, Linda Newman, gave a personal account of the collaborative process and the positive outcomes of the project.
Finally, Emma Thompson and Anne Morton of Launch Housing showcased HomeGround Real Estate, winner of the Leading Innovation Award. The social enterprise was launched in 2015 with the aim of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Melbourne, and offers investors the option of listing their property at full market rent or below market rent to assist a household in need. The agency provides expert property and tenancy management services, and revenue generated from management fees is reinvested into homelessness programs run by Launch Housing
There was great interest in all the presentations, and plenty of opportunity for questions and networking over morning tea and a delicious buffet lunch.
Our thanks must also go to Blooming HR as a key sponsor of last year’s AHI awards.
Chris Chaplin
Manager Policy&Compliance, Housing First 
AHI Victorian Director
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Maintenance Officer, Active Community Housing Ltd, VIC
Active CHL provides high quality housing and related services to individuals and their families with disabilities who require support to live independently in the community. They are currently seeking a Maintenance Officer to deliver emergency, responsive and planned maintenance, upgrades and modifications to their own portfolio as well as for other clients who use the Active maintenance services on a fee paying basis
Executive Manager, Housing Solutions and Development, NSW
Wentworth Community Housing provides secure, appropriate and affordable housing as well as the support required for people to sustain that housing, and the connections required to fully participate in the community.
Tenant Services Officer, bric housing company, QLD
bric housing company is currently recruiting a Tenant Services Officer to provide customer focused end to end tenancy services across an assigned portfolio of tenants and social housing properties in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders including the bric housing Asset Services team, government and partner agencies.
Manager Housing – Broome, WA
Foundation Housing is a not for profit organisation at the forefront of the management and development of affordable housing in Western Australia. We currently have a vacancy for a full-time Manager Housing – Broome in our Broome Office.



Everybody’s Home – the 2018 Affordable Housing Conference

27-28 June 2018, Sydney
The 2018 conference theme – Everybody’s Home – highlights the current and growing shortfall of accessible and affordable housing in Australia across the entire housing continuum.
Over two days, housing professionals from the private, not for profit, and government sectors will come together to share expertise and find out about the latest news in the industry. Read more

National Homelessness Conference

6-7 August 2018, Melbourne
The Conference will bring together policy makers and practitioners from across Australia to learn, engage and network together. Join the major national event and be part of the conversation aimed at ending homelessness in Australia. The early bird registration is only available until Friday 1 June. Read more


CIH Housing 2018

26-28 June 2018, Manchester
Europe's largest and most inclusive housing festival
Bringing together the most diverse audience of sector professionals and partners over three days to celebrate excellance, share ideas, best practice and innovative solutions to enable us to move forward together. Read more


Upcoming NAHRO conferences:

Summer Conference
27-29 July 2018, San Francisco, CA

National Conference & Exhibition
25-27 October 2018, Atlanta, GA

Click here to see the full list of NAHRO conferences in 2018, 2019 and 2020

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