A message from your state peak
Since Homes for Victorians was released earlier this year, everyone interested in affordable housing has been eagerly awaiting more detail about the various new and creative initiatives in the package. Government departments, supported by consulting firms, have been working feverishly to design the various elements to a stage where they are comfortable to come to the sector. This next six months will see a rapid increase in engagement and we will be consulted on many design features, including:
· How the loan guarantee initiatives can be structured to enhance the effectiveness of the social housing growth fund.
· What principles should guide the management transfer program in terms of the selection of stock and the outcomes required.
· How will the implementation of the Victorian Housing Register (VHR) and the associated Allocations Framework impact on the community housing sector’s ability to participate in these new programs, along with those emerging in the affordable housing area.
Housing associations that are keen to play a role in creating new and vibrant communities will be kept busy with the next procurement phase of the Public Housing Redevelopment Program as it calls for proposals from developers and consortia.
Front line staff of community housing organisations will not be shielded from reform and change. The implementation of the VHR will have a huge impact on day-to-day activities with changes in policy and practice requiring specific training and increased transparency.
Community housing organisations will also need to work more closely with support organisations to ensure successful tenancies as they will be required to house a higher proportion of people with complex needs.
These are exciting times that will require us to work together, share our knowledge and ideas and be open minded about what is possible. CHFV will be working hard to assist you with information, tools, intelligence and practical support.