NHFIC now live!

Potential borrowers from the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator (AHBA) can now complete the Expression of Interest forms online to start the process.

To help the National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC) assess eligibility for AHBA loans, the EOI form asks for some basic information about your community housing organisation, and some details of the amount you may be interested in borrowing; how you plan to use the funds (eg refinance, construction), what security you are offering, and so on.

Note: the EOI form is NOT a formal application for a loan. Only if the EOI is assessed as suitable to proceed will you be asked to submit a loan application.

After the form has been submitted and assessed, the NHFIC will assign a relationship manager to shepherd each community housing organisation through the process. Pacific Capital Partners have been appointed to assist CHOs with the loan origination process, and the NHFIC also has its own in-house originator.

Head over to the NHFIC website to have a look at the EOI form, the Bond Aggregator Guidelines and the FAQs.

If you want more information, pick up the phone to Pacific Capital (02) 8222 8500 or email or call the NHFIC on 1800 549 767.

Yass we need more housing

Argyle Housing, a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable and social housing in NSW, has seen a worrying rise in requests for housing services in Yass.

In an article published in the Yass Tribune, CEO Wendy Middleton said, ‘Of the properties that we manage in Yass, all 95 are allocated to social housing and in many cases are not enough compared to the list of people waiting for or needing social housing.’

Adding to the cause for concern locally, Ms Middleton said usually the organisation works with support agencies to assist in providing social housing, but recently in Yass, the office is dealing with enquiries from people off the street.

There are many causes of homelessness. They can include domestic violence, unemployment, mental health, drugs and alcohol and lack of affordable housing. Ms Middleton said it’s this last cause that’s contributing to the issue in Yass.

‘We are experiencing people coming in for housing packs and asking to be placed onto the NSW Housing Register as the Yass rental market has priced a lot of people out of affordability,’ she said.

‘The rising cost of housing is not specific to just one demographic, it affects all people including single, low-income earners, the young and the elderly.

‘Our staff have also experienced a number of people coming in asking for a referral to support agencies as they are quite often left trying to keep a roof over their heads but are struggling to buy groceries and pay bills.’

Argyle Housing is always looking for homeowners and real estate agents willing to provide housing at less than market rate to give to those in need.

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Job: Partnerships Manager NSW

Working amongst a passionate and high performing team, you will be responsible for seeking Philanthropic donations from Major Givers, Trusts, Foundations and Corporate Partners for our programs and services including a capital fundraising program we are commencing this year. We strongly prefer a candidate with major donor and philanthropic experience, with a strong business development background.

In this role you will be required to:

  • Achieve individual income target by focusing on high-value private funding opportunities; designated and undesignated.
  • Develop and maintain a 12 month rolling sales plan.
  • Market scoping, research and prospecting activities (internal –  mass supporter base and external).
  • Maintain all account base information regarding supporters and prospects, including account details, account (pipeline-) value, opportunities, confidence ratings, account and activity planning, communications and results reporting.
  • Achieve the overall Fundraising and Marketing team revenue target by leveraging opportunities in the mass fundraising / community fundraising space and actively collaborating on lead- and partner engagement opportunities.

To be successful in this rewarding role you will be:

  • Results and solutions driven with a great focus on client service and satisfaction.
  • 5-8 years’ experience in a sales role, preferably in a fundraising, sponsoring or community services environment.
  • Experienced in building strong and robust relationships.
  • Excellent with verbal and written communication and with a good command of Microsoft Office.
  • A team player with strong work ethic, a positive attitude, a high degree of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, outstanding presentation and negotiation skills.

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check if you haven’t completed one in the last 12 months.

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Discounted childcare rates with participating centers
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counseling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Click here for details and to apply.

ABCB forums to examine accessibility standards 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has commenced a new project to examine whether a minimum accessibility standard for housing should be included in the National Construction Code. Accessible housing is any housing that includes features to enable use by people either with a disability or transitioning through their life stages.

The ABCB will be holding morning consultation forums in each capital city, that will focus on its Accessible Housing Options Paper, which will be released in advance of the consultation forums.

All forums will be free to attend, although booking is essential.

Forum dates are to be confirmed, but at this stage are expected to be:

Canberra – Monday 15 October
Sydney -Tuesday 16 October
Perth – Friday 19 October
Adelaide – Thursday 25 October
Darwin – Friday 26 October
Brisbane – Tuesday 30 October
Melbourne – Wednesday 31 October
Hobart- Thursday 1 November

You can ensure you don’t miss out by registering your interest

Frontline workers needed for short survey

Swinburne University is calling on Frontline workers who support people with a history of homelessness to participate in a research study that aims to learn more about their knowledge of brain injury.

Frontline workers includes supportive housing workers, case managers, counsellors who work with homeless clients, workers in the specialist  homelessness  services and others.

Study participants will be asked to complete a survey that is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes.

Click here for details.

Job: Exec General Manager Victoria

The Executive General Manager, Operations South primary role is that of General Manager of Housing South for Haven; Home, Safe. However, the incumbent will be the lead GM in South operations, taking a lead in areas as agreed by the Chief Operations Officer, and to act as the Senior GM for the Chief Operations Officer at Department of Health and Human Services regional meetings, to oversee the response to any incidents or provide extra support in the event that the COO can’t attend or be reached.

The intention of the role is to add extra management responsibility, delegation and resource to the role in the event that the Chief Operations Officer is unavailable or not geographically positioned to take the lead, and to support the Chief Operations Officer generally at a strategic level.

This role is also responsible for managing Haven; Home, Safe’s housing provision within metropolitan and suburban Melbourne and Barwon South West.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Managing Operational aspects of HHS Housing in the Division
  • Managing relevant HHS relationships
  • Managing Service arrangements and quality
  • Collaborating with other HHS key staff

The key accountabilities, and performance indicators for the position are:

  • Strategic Business Development and Directions
  • Quality Client Service Management and Business Operations
  • Exemplary team, people and stakeholder management
  • Financial Resource and risk management
  • Management reporting and compliance with legal, regulatory and contractual requirements.

Haven; Home, Safe expects a high level of innovation from its executive staff. We expect role-modelled commitment, quality, passion and energy from our employees. In return we offer competitive remuneration packages and attractive benefits. We offer a supportive workplace culture, flexible working conditions, family friendly workplace, training & development opportunities, Employee Assistance Program, salary packaging arrangements and an opportunity to make a real difference within our growing organization.

Closing date for all applications – COB 21st September 2018

Visit Haven; Home, Safe’s website to apply, or contact Jocelyn Heazlewood for details 03 5444 9047.

Volunteer Grants 2018 – closing soon

The Commonwealth Government’s Volunteer Grants round closes at 2:00 pm on 18 September 2018.Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers by:

-providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers
-forming part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

See the Funding Round Application page for details.

Elderly to be at home in pub

Anglicare plans to expand its redevelopment of the Steelworks Hotel in Port Kembla to provide additional affordable rental housing.

The welfare agency already has permission to turn the heritage-listed pub into a 22-bed residence for older people at risk of homelessness but is seeking to add an additional seven self-contained rooms in a separate building, following the acquisition of adjacent land.

The project is part of the organisation’s efforts to cater for the increasing number of people at risk of becoming homeless as they age.

Anglicare’s development manager Dean Cotter says, ‘We are committed to enriching and strengthening local communities through the provision of integrated accommodation, care and support services that are sensitive to cultural, financial and social needs of the people who will live in our homes.

‘The new proposal will allow Anglicare to assist 30 people primarily aged over 60 who are struggling to live on low incomes.

‘The project will be providing support services to rental tenants that foster independence and enable them to feel a part of their local community…and build meaningful relationships with others living with and around them.

The design for the pub will deliver 22 bed-sitter style rooms with private bathrooms and kitchenettes over two levels, with a lift included.

Construction of the first set of dwellings is expected to be completed in mid 2019.

Anglicare Tasmania responds to youth homelessness

Anglicare has opened a supported youth accommodation facility in Devonport to support young people as they move into adulthood.

Eveline House features 25 units, five of them purpose-built for people with a disability. Each tenant has a self-contained unit with access to a laundry, gym, common areas, outdoor spaces and a games room.

Anglicare CEO Chris Jones says the complex is a much-needed response to youth
homelessness in Tasmania.

‘Eveline House provides tenants with safe, affordable housing, as well as opportunities to participate in community activities, education, employment and training. It is a vibrant place where young people are encouraged to build on their existing strengths and capabilities.’

Anglicare manages similar facilities in Launceston (Thyne House) and Hobart (Trinity Hill).

Tenancies at Eveline House are for young people aged 16-24 years who are on a low income and eligible for social housing. The general tenancies at Eveline House are already full and two of the purpose-built units are occupied, with talks underway with the National Disability Insurance Scheme about the final three places.

Earlier this year, Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot showed that for young people  receiving Youth Allowance, there were no affordable rental options anywhere in Tasmania.

‘No Tasmanian should have to worry about where they’ll sleep that night or how they’ll afford to eat,’ Dr Jones says.

‘Long term, affordable housing is foundational for people to fully participate in education, training and employment’.

Anglicare manages similar facilities in Launceston (Thyne House) and Hobart (Trinity Hill) and Dr Jones says Eveline House was made possible with the support of the Tasmanian Government and many advocates in Tasmania’s North West.

‘I look forward to seeing how the young people who live here will use their strengths and skills to contribute to this community.’

No place like Homes North

Community housing provider Homes North has opened its second affordable housing complex in Armidale to assist those experiencing housing stress.

The 2016 Census reported 14 per cent of Armidale households were experiencing housing stress (paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent to keep a roof over their heads). The new Homes North five villa complex not only provides much needed affordable rental housing, it also provides access to housing for people with mobility challenges as the development meets the highest ‘liveable design standards’.

The complex has two and three-bedroom homes to offer a range of options for single people, couples and families looking for affordable rentals.

Homes North’s CEO Maree McKenzie says, ‘we are proud to make this new complex available in Armidale to those who need it in our community. The quality of design and build allows our households to live in dignity without breaking the bank. The build reduces power costs, and we ensure residents don’t pay more than 30 per cent of their income in rent. All in all, residents can live a better quality of life because of the reduced financial stress – knowing they can afford other basic living costs such as clothing, medical care and education.’

Homes North Asset Manager and construction partners, Hibbards Homes, ensured a quality build, Ms McKenzie says.

‘One resident says that her family is delighted to be in the new complex saying, “We love it here and it is so warm, we have hardly needed to use our heater this winter.”’