Access Housing partners with beyondblue

9 May 2016
L-R: beyondblue Partnerships and Fundraising Manager Josh Donchi and Access Housing Chairman David Lantzke

L-R: beyondblue Partnerships and Fundraising Manager Josh Donchi and Access Housing Chairman David Lantzke

Access Housing has further enhanced its commitment to helping the community beyond its affordable housing role by sponsoring leading mental health support service provider beyondblue for three years.

Access Housing will make annual donations of $5,000 to beyondblue on behalf of the company’s Board of Directors, who collectively donate their Directors’ Meeting Fees to a range of charities and charitable initiatives in lieu of personal payment.

Approximately 20% of Access Housing’s tenants identify as living with a diagnosed mental health illness, so the company determined a partnership with a premier mental health support service provider would be beneficial to those tenants, as well as the broader Australian community.

Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender said the company’s sponsorship of beyondblue would complement the existing work Access Housing does to assist tenants living with a mental health illness to sustain their tenancy and enhance their quality of life.

“Access Housing manages a significant portfolio of supported tenancies, including nearly 400 for people with a mental health illness. An important part of the success of these supported housing programs is the close working relationships between our staff and numerous mental health support agencies and local mental health clinics. In addition to this, we continue to work collaboratively with government agencies including the WA Disability Services Commission and Mental Health Commission on a range of project, contractual and policy matters,” Mr Ellender said.

“Our Directors share our staff’s passion in going beyond our role in housing to make positive impacts in not just the lives of our tenants but also the wider community. Their willingness to forego personal payment in order to allow for a $15,000 sponsorship of beyondblue over three years is testament to our Board’s resolve to make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of Australians and further assist our tenants that are living with a mental health illness.”

Access Housing’s support of beyondblue follows the company’s three year sponsorship of Starlight Children’s Foundation, which commenced in FY2014/15. Access Housing’s yearly contributions of $5,000 to Starlight are used to assist more than 120 seriously ill children to take part in the Starlight Express Room program at Princess Margaret Hospital each year.

Access Housing also provides annual charitable contributions to Activ Foundation via the Perth City to Surf Fun Run, to St Vincent de Paul Society via their annual CEO Sleepout and to Swags for the Homeless during Homeless Person’s Week by way of donated swags.

Access Housing is proud to be a socially responsible organisation that is committed to making a difference to people’s lives beyond its provision of affordable housing.