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WHC Annual General Meeting 2016 & Latest News Links
On Thursday 24 November 2016 the Women’s Housing Company held its Annual General Meeting at Rydges Central in Sydney. The event was well attended by a number of tenants, WHC Board of Directors, stakeholders and employees.
Frances Rush, the CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre was our special guest speaker and talked about her work and the services that the Asylum Seekers Centre provides for asylum seekers living in the community.
The December edition of the WHC newsletter is now available! Read all about the exciting news and events that are happening over the coming months here click here
Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and making it a successful event!
Tenants at the AGM
Life Matters – Over 55 and Homeless
In September 2016, the ABC Radio National Show Life Matters broadcast a program about the growing number of older women who are becoming homeless.
The program interviewed a panel of experts on the issue that included WHC Director Anna Grutzner.
It also shared the experience of a WHC tenant on her moving and powerful story of becoming homeless and overcoming many obstacles during the process.
The program generated an overwhelming audience response. Click here to listen to the program.
New Housing Policies
The Women's Housing Comany Housing Management Policies and the Complaints and Appeals Policy have been reviewed to bring them up to date with current best practice. These new policies will be implemented from 1 June 2016.
The new policies are:
A Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women
On International Women’s Day, March 8 2016, the Minster for Family, Community Services and Social Housing, the Honourable Brad Hazzard MP launched A Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women.
A Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women was developed following a forum held to highlight older women’s housing and homelessness needs in August 2015. The Plan was developed by a group of non-government agencies including the Women’s Housing Company and sets out a number of key initiatives across the housing system designed to ensure that older women can live in safe, secure and affordable housing.
The Plan highlights the need for the NSW Government to commit to developing a strategy that addresses this issue and includes a number of real life stories as told by older women who have facing homelessness.
Click here to read The Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women.
Meeting Our Arabic Speaking Tenants
Twenty-two of WHC’s Arabic speaking tenants attending a meeting in late 2015 to identify what helps them to be safe, comfortable and independent in their homes.
WHC plans to hold more meetings in 2016 with tenants whose primary language is not English, to find out about their needs and to receive feedback about our services.
Tenants' Advisory Group Meetings
The WHC Tenants’ Advisory Group (TAG) meets every two months in different locations. The aim of the TAG is for tenants to share information and experiences to help improve WHC’s services. Discussion at the TAG includes repairs, housing services, and how to support all tenants to be involved in activities.
Tenants’ Advisory Group Meetings in 2017