As she reflects on the year that was, Sue laments the shortfall in social and affordable housing in Victoria.
Quoting from a report on the recently commissioned research paper by Swinburne University’s Professor Terry Burke for the Community Housing Industry Association, Sue says that to maintain Victoria’s social housing supply at a mere 3.5 per cent of all housing would require an additional 30,800 dwellings by 2031 and 66,203 by 2051, which translates to more than 1,900 new dwellings each year.
She likens the challenges ahead to being at the crossroads.
“There is still much to be done… (but) We are well-positioned for the future. A future with financial sustainability, a future that builds on the models of housing and support, a future that considers the demands, and a future which we cannot do on our own.
“We need partners and partnerships… to continue to get the best outcomes for housing and support for those most vulnerable in our community.”
We are guided by a committed, independent which provides strong governance and stewardship on behalf of our broader community.
Bendigo Urban Emergency Accommodation Resource Centre (BUEAC) is officially incorporated and becomes the first emergency housing program in Victoria funded by the state government.
Present CEO, Ken Marchingo takes over Bendigo Emergency Housing, operating on an annual budget of about $130,000.
BEH becomes Loddon Mallee Housing Services Ltd and annual budget tops $1 million for the first time.
LMHS adopts ‘Homeless’ by Thomas Kennington (1890) for its imagery. This painting hangs in the Bendigo Art Gallery.
“Where the heart is” first appeared on the LHMS letterhead.
LHMS becomes the first registred Affordable Housing Association in Victoria
Wattlewood, Carrum Downs, formerly the GK Tucker Estate owned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, was purchased. Wattlewood is an $80+ million masterplanned private property development with a 237 lot residential subdivision and 100 new affordable hosuing units integrated with private market homes.
LHMS becomes Haven; Home, Safe and relocated to Forest Street headquarters.
Haven; Home, Safe completed its $34.5 million flagship project in Tram Road, Doncaster. It was officially opened by the Minister for Housing, Wendy Lovell.
Synergize Hub is the first Bendigo co-working organisation in a new worldwide movement, and the first co-working hub anywhere to be situated inside another organisation. The Hub are a collaboration of businesses passionate about creating a bright future for their clients and the wider community.
The merger of HHS and Preston North East Housing Service enabling the delivery of better, more efficient services for disadvantaged and displaced Victorians, from the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne to Mildura.
Minister for Housing, Wendy Lovell officially opened the $6.65 million social housing development in Chapel Street, Bendigo.
Sidney Myer Haven, the $7.5+ million program was officially opened by Baillieu Myer AC.
Sidney Myer Haven wins three awards including:
Chief Executive Officer Ken Marchingo AM appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day Honours list. Ken received the honour for significant services to the community through social welfare programs and associations, particularly assistance for the homeless.
Telling one story a week in 40 weeks to mark our 40th anniversary this year has brought its own rewards. It has reminded us of the important role we play in people’s lives and the impact we’ve had.
This video is both CEO Report and a reflection on the organisation’s 40 years of service, the past 25 years with Ken at the helm.
As he says, there are things we do, that if we did not do them, others would. But there are things that we do, that if we did not, no one else would and we would all be much the poorer for it.
“The defining feature of Haven; Home, Safe is the refusal to accept the status quo. We have never been an organisation that stops its ideas, innovations, and services at the boundaries of what the contract says.”
“Commercial realities apply, of course, and we cannot do more than we have the resources or funding to do, but we can, within that envelope and others combined, do more than just that. And we do.”
Our is arguably one of the most talented and highest performing in the not-for-profit sector, comprising a group of experts in their field, with collectively over 100 years experience in the social housing and homelessness sectors.
By we aim to have delivered
A range of sustainable housing outcomes for people who are homeless or in housing crisis.
Advocacy and support for our diverse clientele with a particular focus on developing life skills and individual capacity.
Relationships with government, community and commercial partners and other key stakeholders to achieve our Purpose and Values.
Total property numbers have increased as a result of growth in the number of head leased properties, for the most part allocated to people who have experienced family violence.
The number of owned affordable housing properties has reduced as a result of the decommissioning of a larger Melbourne metropolitan property. This will be redeveloped with new properties created over the next 18 months.