2016 – Access Housing’s Year in Review

12 Dec 2016

2016 was another successful year for Access Housing, with the company recording a range of significant milestones and results across its business divisions.

Properties under management by Access Housing and Magna Realty grew to 1,933 in FY2016, allowing for more than 3,000 people to have a place to call ‘home’. Through our provision of affordable housing we provided $14 million worth of living cost reductions to tenants through an average 56% rental subsidy.

rocko4The calendar year saw our Property Development team complete 34 new affordable housing dwellings, taking the total number of affordable units constructed or acquired by Access Housing since 2013 past 200. In addition, Access Housing has more than 110 dwellings under construction at year’s end, which will all reach practical completion in 2017 and add to the much needed supply of affordable housing in WA.

The year also saw the company record an 87% satisfaction rate in our annual Tenant Survey, showcasing the quality of customer service to which our Tenancy Services, Property Services, Maintenance and Reception staff commit themselves.

In addition to the above, here is a snapshot of other key events and achievements that took place in 2016 at Access Housing;

January
CEO and CFO to present at Financial Models for Affordable Housing Conference
Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender and Chief Financial Officer Ian Aiyathurai were confirmed as part of an expert line-up of speakers and panellists that would feature at the Financial Models for Affordable Housing Conference in Sydney in February. Click here to read more. 

New corporate video
Access Housing unveiled its first ever corporate video in January. If you’ve ever wanted to know what and how Access Housing does what it does, and you only have two and a half minutes available to find out, click here to view the video

February
Developments contributing to community wellbeing sustainability
LandCorp is one of Access Housing’s highly valued development project partners. In LandCorp’s 2014-2015 Sustainability Report, Access Housing projects within LandCorp estates at White Gum Valley, Coolbellup and Waikiki are referenced with regards to LandCorp’s commitment to provision of land for social benefit purposes that enhance community development while also allowing for affordable housing choices. Click here to read more. 

Partnership with St John of God to benefit vulnerable young people
Access Housing was proud to announce its partnership with St John of God via its Horizon House program. The partnership sees Access Housing provide homes to SJOG program clients, who are young Western Australians experiencing or at serious risk of homelessness. Click here to read more. 

March
Leading opportunities for gender equality in workplace leadership
Access Housing was proud to again have staff participate as mentors and mentees in the Property Council of Australia’s annual Women in Property Mentoring Program. Click here to read more. 

Housing innovation on Access Housing’s WACOSS Conference agenda
CEO Garry Ellender said he would discuss how Access Housing’s innovation was positively impacting, diversifying and catalysing the delivery of social services in WA during his presentation at the 2016 WACOSS Conference. Click here to read more. 

Tenant talent is music to our ears
One of our tenants, Jeff, reflected on his performance at the inaugural Ability Idol, a talent concert for West Australians aged 5-60 living with a disability. His performance saw him claim third prize. Click here to read more. 

April
Solar to power WGV development
Access Housing announced its affordable housing development in White Gum Valley would become one of the first strata residential developments in Australia to benefit from strata community-based solar energy capture, storage and shared usage infrastructure. Click here to read more. 

May
Access Housing partners with beyondblue
In May we proudly announced the commencement of a three year sponsorship relationship with leading mental health support service provider beyondblue. Click here to read more. 

June
Sleepout effort raises more than $5000 to support WA’s homeless
CEO Garry Ellender joined more than 100 other Perth business and community leaders for a night ‘sleeping rough’ at the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, raising in excess of $5,000 worth of donations to help the state’s homeless community. Click here to read more. 

Our Star Rises
Access Housing was recognised for its growth, diversification and innovation by claiming the Not-For-Profit / Charity category award at the 2016 Business News Rising Stars Awards in late June. Click here to read more. 

July
Assisting Wheatbelt shires to grow their affordable housing options for seniors
Access Housing assisted the Central Eastern Aged Care Alliance (CEACA) with its proposal to secure Royalties for Regions funding for the construction of 75 new Independent Living Units across 11 Wheatbelt Shires. The project will enable retirees across the central and eastern Wheatbelt to remain in their local communities in age and lifestyle appropriate housing as they grow older. Click here to read more. 

Busselton homes offering greater independence
A partnership between Access Housing, the Disability Services Commission and the Housing Authority was formed in 2015 to design and construct five homes to support six South West locals to live independently in their home town. Access Housing funded the development of two 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom units. Click here to read more.

Annual swags donations help WA’s homeless
Access Housing again proudly donated swags to a number of frontline homelessness service providers as part of National Homelessness Week 2016. Click here to read more. 

August
Helping South West seniors to ‘age in place’
Access Housing staff were joined by Member for South West Hon. Colin Holt MLC and local stakeholders to officially launch projects in Boyanup and Dardanup that will deliver 23 new and three refurbished homes for local seniors wishing to remain in their South West communities as they grow older. Click here to read more. 

Partnering to house WA’s most vulnerable homeless
Access Housing joined with Ruah Community Services to address the challenges of housing and supporting people with complex needs who are sleeping rough in inner city Perth as part of Ruah’s 50 Lives 50 Homes initiative. Click here to read more. 

September
Financial expertise on show at Melbourne conference
Following the pair’s popular presentation at the Sydney Financial Models for Affordable Housing Conference in February, Garry Ellender and Ian Aiyathurai took to the stage again in Melbourne to discuss financial models that would benefit and grow Australia’s supply of affordable housing. Click here to read more. 

Survey says tenant satisfaction is high
Access Housing’s 2016 tenant survey results showed tenant satisfaction across the 12 months preceding the survey to be at an impressive 87%. Our response rate to this year’s survey also grew to 35%. Click here for more information

October
Programs to enhance opportunities for tenants
In line with our Strategic Pillar of Creating Choices, the start of October saw Access Housing announce two exciting new programs for tenants that will complement the work we do as an affordable housing landlord.

The first program will provide support to tenants who would like extra help to secure employment, education, training and volunteering opportunities. The second program will help tenants on occasions when things may be going wrong and a helping hand is required. Click here to learn more. 

2016 Annual Report
Access Housing published its Annual Report, showcasing the company’s various highlights and successes from FY2015/16. Click here to view or download a copy of our 2016 Annual Report. 

November
Projects progressing well
Access Housing had more than 110 new affordable homes under construction across seven project sites in November. Click here to read up on their progress. 

Newly completed development offers 32 new affordable homes
Construction completed at Access Housing’s second largest property development to date – a 28 apartment, four townhouse, three commercial space development in Rockingham – in November. Click here to read about it.