Housing Choices Tasmania – Three years on, great results lots to do



Housing Choices Tasmania (HCT) today celebrates its threeyear anniversary by achieving a 100% Partner Satisfaction rating in its most recent survey.

HCT is the Tasmanian arm of Housing Choices Australia (HCA), a leading not-forprofit, affordable housing and property management group, that in 2014 completed the largest transfer of public housing stock in Australia under the State Government’s Better Housing Futures program.

HCT currently manages 1,464 residential tenancies across the State. It runs at a 98% occupancy rate and has an 89% satisfaction rating from residents. HCT’s accommodation services are delivered in partnership with more than 30 support agencies across Tasmania, that provide services for residents ranging from mental health support through to helping women and children escape family violence.

HCA Managing Director Michael Lennon said: “Knowing that our partners rate us so highly is a fantastic way to kickstart our fourth year of collaborative, affordable housing partnerships in Tasmania – delivering desperately needed accommodation, as well as compassionate, professional residential management and vital community building to the North West.”

State Manager Kim Bomford said: “Our residents deserve affordable, well-maintained homes to live in. Much of the housing stock we acquired was over 30 years old. So far, we’ve installed more than 400 heat pumps and spent more than $8.5million on repairs and maintenance. “This ongoing commitment to responsive maintenance of our properties also provides much needed jobs to many local contractors in the North West. “But,” Ms Bomford said, “it isn’t just about buildings.

“We invest significantly in community development programs.

This year alone we ran 16 community projects under the Resident Community Grant Fund and funded 16 ‘Your Futures’ scholarships to support final year secondary school students. “Developing and supporting vibrant, healthy communities is a fundamental platform of our business,” Ms Bomford said. “We are also excited to deliver 25 brand new homes for vulnerable people in the North West within the next six or seven years and I hope to increase that number, depending on the outcome of current tendering processes.”

HCA’s Michael Lennon said: “What Kim Bomford and her committed team have achieved in just three years clearly shows that positive solutions are absolutely possible, through collaborative co-investment projects like this. We look forward to future opportunities under the Government’s Better Housing Futures scheme