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2017 Annual General Meeting

On Thursday 23 November 2017, the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Women’s Housing Company was held in Surry Hills.

Over 100 tenants, stakeholders, Board members and staff heard the Hon. Susan Ryan AO’s speech, ‘A Roof Over Their Heads: Housing For Older Women’. During the address, Susan highlighted that “Access to affordable housing, for purchase or as secure rental, should be the top priority for federal and state governments, who need to agree on the guiding human rights principle that all Australians must have access to homes regardless of age.”

With almost 60,000 applicants on the NSW Housing Register, older, single women remain amongst the most marginalised in terms of access to safe, suitable, and affordable housing. The effects of an ageing population, relationship breakdown and gender inequality are often compounded by the fact that women typically retire with 47% less superannuation. There is a desperate need for more targeted social and affordable housing designed to allow women to be independent and age in place.

Following formalities and a delicious meal, guests were treated to moving speeches by Tenant Advisory Group (TAG) members - first in English by Bee Teh, and then by Hartaty Salim in Mandarin and Hiyam Farhat in Arabic. 

All three spoke passionately about their experiences of being housed by the Women’s Housing Company and participating in the TAG. As Bee said, “Every story you share can reinforce WHC's pitch for funds for more housing... every suggestion you make can be feedback to look into... every effort you participate in TAG activities is a positive interaction for your wellbeing, we need not feel alone...we have over 700 tenant friends.”

The afternoon ended with 12 lucky winners receiving gift vouchers and hampers.

Read the WHC 2017 Annual Report and the  WHC 2017 Financial Report


CEO CHAIR Susan Ryan Website 1

                                                                                                                                                                                       L-R WHC CEO, Debbie Georgopoulos, Susan Ryan, AO & WHC Chair Alice Spizzo




 Partnership win for northern beaches 


                                        Photo: Bridge Housing Chair Mark Turner, Women's Housing Company Chair Alice Spizzo, the Minister for Family and Community Services the Hon. Pru Goward, Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades and CEO Women's Housing Company Debbie Georgopoulos 

Bridge Housing and Women's Housing Company have been awarded the competitive tender to manage the northern beaches public housing portfolio of 1,201 properties on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years.

Click on on the  media release for further information   Media Relase Bridge Housing & Women's Housing Company


 New Housing for Older Women in Woolloomooloo


The Women’s Housing Company is proud to partner with the NSW Government to deliver more social housing for older women. Thursday 17 August marked the handing over of keys from the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to the Women's Housing Company for 20 new units in the heart of Woolloomooloo.

The keys were handed over by Hugh Phemister, Executive Director Projects at LAHC and received by Chair, Alice Spizzo. Ms Spizzo commended the collaboration and hard work of all involved in making the project a great success. 

The carefully designed building places great emphasis on a sense of community, and recognises the site’s heritage through the design of the entrance. The features include a wonderfully landscaped courtyard for residents to meet and a ground floor common room that will create a hub of activity for tenants and the surrounding community.

This new housing for older women in Woolloomooloo is a wonderful response to the need for more social housing.



Cutting of the Ribbon 1

WHC Chair Alice Spizzo and Hugh Phemister, Executive Director LAHC



Dowling Street Group Shot 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Official Handover to Women's Housing Company

Images courtesy of Kevin Chamberlain Photography

 Mid-winter celebration 2017

On 26 July, more than 40 tenants joined us in Ashfield for our annual mid-winter celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, enjoy lunch together, and hear the latest WHC news.  It was the first celebration for new CEO, Debbie Georgopoulos, who spoke passionately about Women’s Housing Company’s achievements over the last 35 years. Debbie went on to share details of the forthcoming Women Staying Well initiative and was joined by new Community Engagement Coordinator, Fiona Forrest, in urging tenants to stay connected, and have their say in shaping services. Guests came up with a host of suggestions for getting involved including outings, digital learning, well-being classes and creative writing.


They were also keen to learn more about the role of the Tenant Advisory Group (TAG), which long term tenant, Dianna Kelly went on to talk about. As part of the celebration, guests were treated to a screening of the touching short film, Video Stories, put together by members of the TAG:

After a delicious meal, tenants enjoyed taking snaps of each other with party cameras. The afternoon came to a close with line dancing and a prize draw. Guests commented: “Great day! Am so glad I came… Food was amazing… Great to meet new ladies.” and “Really enjoyed myself. Food and company were great. Beautiful day. Thank you,” as they left clutching glamourous goodie bags generously donated by Marie Claire magazine.

Congratulations to our winners Zareena, Milena and Wen Jing, and a warm thank you to everyone who joined us, in helping make the day such a success.


Mid winter celebration 2


Tenants and staff enjoying a meal at the event



Women Staying Well Initiative

Women’s Housing Company has started an exciting new project to better assist single women living in social housing - aged 55 years and older - to remain well, connected and able to age in place.

The project, known as the Women Staying Well Initiative, began in July 2017, with plans for implementation over the next three years. Using evidence-based research, the project will directly engage with and assist our older tenants, at the same time as developing a new model and set of tools to help social housing providers be proactive in supporting tenants to successfully age-in-place.

Stage 1 in the new project is to develop a Women Staying Well Framework. The Framework will describe how the project will be rolled out in Sydney, how support will be offered to tenants, what partnerships will be established, and how we will know if the project is successful.

To help shape the Women Staying Well Framework and Implementation Plan, Women’s Housing Company is inviting people to several planned consultations to be held between July and September 2017.






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