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Homelessness Week 2-8 August 2020 #HW2020

This year the theme for Homelessness Week (#HW2020) is Everybody Needs a Home and Homelessness Australia is partnering with Everybody’s Home on campaign activities. Housing Plus provides the homelessness and housing support service to vulnerable people in Orange. In 2019-20, Housing Plus saw 1,390 people seeking homelessness support from their service, 778 of whom were women. 580 people were aged 25-64 years, 372 people who … read more

It’s time to celebrate

POSTED BY:Rochelle Monaghan July 6, 2020 CATEGORIES:News

The Opportunity Pathways program launched in May 2019. After 12 months of working with some amazing motivated people, with their permission, we would like to share some of their stories with you. The Opportunity Pathways connects social housing clients and their household members to access practical and financial assistance, training and work opportunities to help them prepare for employment, find a job, work more hours … read more

Specialist Disability Accommodation – Dubbo

POSTED BY:Andrew July 2, 2020 CATEGORIES:Case Study

BACKGROUND There was a significant shortfall in appropriate accommodation for Aboriginal people with a disability residing in and around Dubbo, NSW. Existing group home accommodation presented some challenges, particularly for Aboriginal tenants where different tribal backgrounds and family history can result in conflict. Some potential tenants required significant assistance and supervision to fulfil their desired daily activities and engage with the community. ACTION Funded by … read more

Case study: Regional Homelessness and Housing Summit

POSTED BY:Andrew July 2, 2020 CATEGORIES:Case Study

In October 2016, Housing Plus led the first NSW Regional Homelessness and Housing Summit, sponsored by Family and Community Services, Homelessness NSW and Yfoundations. The Summit brought together local SHS providers to discuss issues, innovations and ideas relating to homelessness and housing services in a regional NSW context. During the two-day event, industry experts and local services presented on a range of topics to 260 … read more

Case study: Whole of location property management transfer

POSTED BY:Andrew July 2, 2020 CATEGORIES:Case Study

We have significant experience managing the complexities associated with tenancy and property management transfer in a regional centre. Between 2005 and 2007, we worked in partnership with Housing NSW to transfer tenancy and property management services of over 297 properties in the towns of Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos in Mid West NSW. This property management transfer included almost all social housing in the area. … read more

Case Study: Social and Affordable Housing Development

POSTED BY:Andrew July 2, 2020 CATEGORIES:Case Study

In 2014-15 In 2014-15, Central West NSW was experiencing a critical shortage of affordable housing. Vacancy rates were very low, real estate agents were reporting waiting lists for affordably priced accommodation and rent increases were well above CPI. The surge in mining activity, particularly in Orange and Mudgee, was driving the conversion of unfurnished affordable dwellings into furnished or serviced accommodation for high-income resource workers, … read more

Case study: NSW domestic and family violence reforms

POSTED BY:Andrew July 2, 2020 CATEGORIES:Case Study

In 2014, Orange was chosen as the regional launch site for the NSW State Government’s ‘It Stops Here: Safer Pathway’ reforms, which aimed to improve the Government’s response to domestic and family violence in NSW. Housing Plus played a leadership role in the launch, implementation and delivery of these reforms, including: Application of a new domestic and family violence Safety Assessment Tool to be used … read more

The Brickworks, Bathurst’s new affordable housing site

POSTED BY:Rochelle Monaghan June 29, 2020 CATEGORIES:Developments , News

Article Published in the Western Advocate 26.6.20 CAPTION : David Hines of Hines Constructions, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, Sam Farraway MLC, mayor Bobby Bourke and Housing Plus CEO David Fisher. A NEW affordable housing development will be available to some of the city’s most vulnerable before the end of the year. Work is moving at a great pace at The Brickworks on the corner … read more

Housing Plus looking at September reopening for former nursing home

POSTED BY:Rochelle Monaghan June 29, 2020 CATEGORIES:News

Caption: Father Paul Devitt, Gary Wright, Housing Plus, Justin Cantelo, Housing Plus, Project Director, and Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, the Most Reverend Michael McKenna, outside the former Opal Aged Care Facility. Article published in the Western Advocate 23 June 2020 PLANS to reopen the former Kelso nursing home as emergency accommodation are still afoot with Housing Plus hoping the project will be operational later this … read more

Donation brings domestic violence centre to completion

POSTED BY:Rochelle Monaghan June 18, 2020 CATEGORIES:News

Orange’s first Domestic Violence Crisis Centre, The Orchard, is on track to be operational later this year, thanks to a $75,000 donation towards the fit out and provision of furniture from Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia). The donation is part of Newcrest’s $20M Community Support Fund which has been established to assist their local communities cope with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. … read more