Community housing partnerships flourish

Photo of Minister or Housing,Bill Marmion with CHL WA State Manager, Shane Hamilton; Jenny Lucas CHLs 500th tenant;
​(Left) Minister or Housing,  Bill Marmion cutting the celebration cake with (L-R) CHL WA State Manager, Shane Hamilton; Jenny Lucas, CHL’s 500th tenant; Mayor for the City of Vincent, Hon Alannah MacTiernan; and Steve Bevington, MD CHL Group.

​​The Department’s partnerships with community housing providers (CHOs) continue to flourish with the recent celebration of Community Housing Limited’s (CHL) 500th property management milestone.

“CHL became a registered community housing growth provider in 2009, and since then has been collaborating effectively with the Department,” Peter Lonsdale, Director of Housing Programs said.

“In a short span of four years, CHL has rapidly grown from an initial 39 properties under its management in Perth and Geraldton, to now more than 500 across the state.

“I would like to congratulate all who have worked hard at the Department to facilitate this achievement.”

Of the 500 plus properties being managed by CHL for the Department, 289 are community housing units through a combination of head lease and asset transfer agreements, with another 238 dwellings in remote communities under a separate contract with Aboriginal Housing.

CHL recently celebrated this 500th milestone at the award-winning development on Fitzgerald Street with the Housing Minister, Bill Marmion as guest-of-honour.

This development was jointly-funded by the Department and CHL, and has already been recognised within WA and internationally for architectural excellence.

CHL now manage the development and the tenancy for the 49 apartments and two commercial units, and is leveraging this asset for further growth.

The Asset Transfer Program is an important way the Department is working with the community housing sector to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in the State.

Mr Lonsdale said the success of CHL is evidence of how much the community housing sector has benefitted from ongoing partnership with the Department.

“The largest CHOs in WA have more than doubled their housing portfolios in the past four years from 1800 to 4000,” he said.

“As at the end of June 2013, the Department has transferred 1505 public housing assets at a value of $392.858 million.

“The community housing and local government sectors now manage more than 8,000 properties and are well on the  way to achieving the 2020 target of 12,000.”

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