2019 – Access Housing’s Year in Review

21 Dec 2019

Access Housing had much to celebrate in 2019. We added new homes to our rental portfolio, celebrated individual, project and collaborative partnership award wins, established new – and strengthened existing – relationships with other community service organisations to further assist our tenants and commenced exciting and collaborative new programs and initiatives for our tenants.

Most importantly, we provided secure, affordable homes to more than 3,000 low-moderate income earning Western Australians in 2019. Our highly valued clients included seniors, people living with a disability or severe and persistent mental health challenge, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, families and singles.

For the second year in a row, tenants gave Access Housing an excellent overall satisfaction rating of 90% in 2019. This rating is 15% higher than the satisfaction threshold set by the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

In addition to the above, here is a snapshot of other key events and achievements that took place in 2019 at Access Housing;

January
Jervis Rise a finalist for 2019 Property Council of Australia awards
Access Housing’s Jervis Rise development was named as a Western Australian and National finalist in the ‘Best Affordable Housing Development’ category for the 2019 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards. Click here to read more. 

February
Lyn Brun joins CHIA WA Regional Committee
Acting Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Lyn Brun joined the Community Housing Industry Association WA Regional Committee. Click here to read more.

March
Improving opportunities for people living with a disability
Access Housing joined forces with Fremantle Community Men’s Shed (Freo Shed) to deliver exciting social inclusion opportunities for our tenants and members of the wider community who are living with a disability. Click here to read more.

April
Getting it Right at WA Tenancy Conference 2019
Access Housing tenants and staff took part in a panel discussion about co-designing Tenant Advisory Groups at the WA Tenancy Conference 2019. Click here to read more.

May
Success at WA AHI awards
Access Housing stood tall at the 2019 Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing (WA) Awards reception, with our staff delegation and guests celebrating multiple award wins. Click here to read more.

Access Housing allied for Specialist Disability Accommodation
Access Housing was pleased to announce itself as a founding member of the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Alliance. Click here to read more.

June
Focusing on disability inclusion with The Shed project
Access Housing commenced its program of focus groups with participating tenants and other members of the community living with a disability as part of The Shed project activities. Click here to read more. 

July
Applications open for Access Housing’s Advisory Committee of Tenants
Access Housing invited tenants and tenant carers to nominate to become part of the company’s inaugural Advisory Committee of Tenants (ACT). The ACT is a tenant-led group that provides a way for tenants to have their say in what we do and how we deliver our services. As a representative voice for all tenants, the ACT provides a platform for communication between Access Housing and our community of tenants. Click here to read more. 

August
2019 Tenant Survey Results
For the second year in a row, Access Housing was pleased to have received an overall satisfaction rating of 90% from tenants who completed our annual Tenant Survey. This rating is 15% higher than the satisfaction threshold set by the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. Click here to read more. 

Conference call for Financial Workshops
Access Housing and the Financial Counsellors Network secured a presentation session at the 2019 Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA & Community Resilience and Relief Conference in October to discuss the innovative and award winning How to Manage on a Low Income financial workshops program the companies collaborated on with Access Housing tenants. Click here to read more. 

Access Housing @ NHC 2019
A delegation of Access Housing staff attended the 2019 National Housing Conference and 2019 Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Gala Dinner in Darwin in late August. Click here to read more.

October
Housing on the agenda at 2019 WAAMH Conference
Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson and staff from a range of other community service organisations were confirmed as panel presenters for the WA Mental Health Conference 2019 in November to discuss the Supportive Landlord concept. Click here to read more.

November
2019 Annual Report
Access Housing was pleased to publish its 2019 Annual Report in early November. Click here to read it.

December
Tenants Engage with Art for International Day of People with Disability
Access Housing hosted a tenant art display and tenant-led forum at our Rivervale office in celebration of International Day of People with Disability on Wednesday 4 December. Click here to read more.