It has been a big quarter! Some highlights include:
# the Sydney Alliance Housing Assembly, ably co-chaired by Donna Easthorpe with the Sydney Alliance Housing Team currently being led by yours truly. Speakers included the Archbishop Anthony Fisher, the Minister for Planning Hon. Anthony Roberts, the CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission Sarah Hill, Professor Bill Randolph from City Futures and Dr Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney. Although we went into this assembly knowing that the government was not going to be giving any ground in our ask for greater percentages of social and affordable housing we were greatly encouraged by the huge numbers turning up to support the Alliance (officially 603!) and also with the powerful message that was delivered to our State Government.
Click here for a video of the summary at the end of the evening.
# We have worked with BaptistCare Australia on a submission to the federal Productivity Commission, contributing the section on Social Housing and also supported BaptistCare as we spoke directly to the Commission. Click here to read.
# We have supported the church sector in Melbourne as they also grapple with extreme shortages of social and affordable housing as well as the ravages of housing stress.
# We have continued to consult with local churches and church organisations considering development of housing on their land.
# We are consulting with a number of organisations regarding possibilities of applying for the next round of SAHF (Social and Affordable Housing Fund).
# We continue to assist a number of member organisations as they seek re-registration with the Housing Registrar.
# Shortly you shall also be receiving our annual member survey. It is very important that this is completed by both our members and key stakeholders as we do require this data in order to report on our renewed contract for funding from FaCS. We hope that this survey will also be an important tool to assist us in shaping our services for maximum impact in the future.
We hope to see you at our next networking breakfast on the 18th August. Please also consider inviting me to one of your board meetings or for a one on one catch-up. Feedback on our activities and advocacy strategies will be well regarded as is suggestions for future activity. I’d also love to know how we can be assisting your organisation to continue to grow and to be providing both housing and support services for people in need.
Thanks and regards,