2018 – Access Housing’s Year in Review

15 Dec 2018

It was another milestone year for Access Housing in 2018. We were a finalist for, and won, prestigious national industry awards, completed a new affordable housing development for seniors, established and strengthened partnerships with other community service providers to further assist our tenants and facilitated a range of initiatives and programs for our tenants through our Creating Choices program.

But, most importantly, in 2018 we proudly provided secure, affordable homes to more than 3,000 Western Australians.

In addition to the above, here is a snapshot of other key events and achievements that took place in 2018 at Access Housing;

January
VIDEO: SHAC @ WGV – In January we unveiled our video profiling Western Australia’s first affordable housing development to feature an embedded solar energy network, Access Housing’s SHAC development at White Gum Valley. Click here to read more.

Haven in the hunt for Property Council of Australia awards: Access Housing’s Haven on the Park Apartments and Haven Mews Townhouses development was named a Western Australian and National finalist in the 2018 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards. Click here to read more. 

February
Financial workshops empowering tenants: We held the first of six financial workshops for tenants in Gosnells in late February. Click here to read more. 

March
Access Housing to present at WACOSS 2018 Conference: Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson was confirmed as a presenter for the West Australian Council of Social Service 2018 Conference in Perth in May. Click here to read more. 

Tenant Q&A with Judith: One of our many inspiring tenants, Judith, sat down with us to discuss some of her education achievements, including graduating from university with a double degree. Click here to read more.

VIDEO: Ageing in Place for Seniors – Access Housing completed 23 new affordable homes for seniors in WA’s South West in 2017. In March 2018 we launched a video about the project and spoke to some of the residents living in the new villas at Boyanup and Dardanup. Click here to read more. 

Boyanup seniors villas deliver award for BGC Construction: Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Project development at Boyanup was recognised as one of the South West’s best residential developments at the 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the South West. Project builder BGC Construction collected the Best Multi Residential Development ($1.5M – $2M) award for their work at our Boyanup seniors complex. Click here to read more. 

April
Scholarships to help tenants become job-ready: Access Housing encouraged tenants looking for assistance to become job ready to get in touch to see if they were eligible for assistance through our Creating Choices Scholarship Fund. Click here to read more. 

May
Helping women and their children find their Way Home: Access Housing and project partner Sisters of St John of God joined forces for a new initiative called Way Home. Click here to read more. 

Haven @ Rockingham collects national Property Council of Australia award: In a massive boon for Access Housing and the Community Housing sector, Access Housing claimed a prestigious national Property Council of Australia award for one of our developments. Click here to read more. 

July
From homeless to ‘home’: Access Housing and the ‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ program: Access Housing’s partner role in the 50L50H program has seen more than 10 people who were sleeping rough on the streets of Perth move into secure accommodation provided through our involvement in this important program. Click here to read more. 

August
Swags donation ahead of National Homelessness Week 2018: Access Housing proudly shared 44 donated swags amongst five frontline support organisations assisting homeless people in Perth, Peel and the South West ahead of National Homelessness Week 2018, which was held between 6-12 August. The week is an annual themed week that promotes a greater understanding and awareness of homelessness in the community. Click here to read more. 

Affordable housing residence in Bunbury celebrates fifth birthday: Access Housing’s 37 room lodging residence in Bunbury’s CBD has provided hundreds of low income earners a foundation from which they could stabilise over the past five years. Click here to read more. 

Pathways to Volunteering: Access Housing launched a new collaborative workshop series for tenants interested in volunteering. The Pathways to Volunteering sessions aim to empower tenants to access volunteer opportunities by connecting them with their local volunteer coordinator. Click here to read more. 

PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange: Access Housing had a strong presence at this year’s PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange on 21-23 August at Canberra. PowerHousing Australia is a national network of 31 leading growth community housing providers that develop and manage social and affordable housing. Click here to read more. 

Empowering tenants with Dress for Success: Access Housing and Dress for Success joined forces to empower women living in Community Housing to take positive steps in their journeys towards employment, education and training. Click here to read more.

September
New affordable homes for seniors: Access Housing reached completion on six new apartments for over 55s in Hamilton Hill. Click here to read more. 

October
Access Housing farewells Garry Ellender: After eight and a half years as Access Housing Chief Executive Officer, Garry Ellender decided it was time to pursue new opportunities in October. Click here to read more. 

Community Housing GM joins Shelter WA Board: Access Housing Community Housing General Manger Natalie Sangalli became a director of Shelter WA in mid-October. Shelter WA is an independent body that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness. Click here to read more. 

November
2018 Annual Report: We unveiled our 2018 Annual Report in early November. To view a copy of it online, click here. 

Access Housing launches White Ribbon Australia Accredited Workplace campaign: Ahead of White Ribbon Day on Friday 23 November, Access Housing officially launched our campaign to become an Accredited Workplace with Australia’s only national, male-led violence prevention organisation working to prevent men’s violence against women – White Ribbon Australia. Click here to read more. 

Creative tenants showcase works of art: Some of our artistically talented tenants joined with Access Housing staff to officially launch the Access Housing Tenant Art Display at our Rivervale office in late November. Click here to read more. 

December
Jervis Rise a finalist for 2019 PCA awards: Can we go back-to-back in 2019? After collecting the ‘Best Affordable Housing Development’ award for our Haven @ Rockingham development in 2018, Access Housing is again a finalist in the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards program for 2019 with our Jervis Rise development! Click here to read more. 

Tenants lead ‘Access to Accommodation’ discussion: As part of International Day of People with Disability celebrations, Access Housing hosted and heard from some of our highly valued tenants who are living with a severe and persistent disability during a panel event in early December. The aim of the event was to hear firsthand from tenants about the issues they faced in accessing, maintaining and residing in their current home. Click here to read more.