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.
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.