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Visual Voices: an exhibition of photography

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St Kilda Community Housing invites you to our annual photography exhibition.

The wonderful photographs have been produced by our residents involved in our photographic group tutored by Carmel Louise.

Venue:

Laneway Artspace, St Kilda, 148A Barkly Street, St Kilda
(just up the red brick laneway between St Kilda Cycles and Petbarn)

Exhibition Dates:

Thursday 25th May to Sunday 11 June, 2017. Open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Opening Event:

Thursday 25th May, 6.30pm (at The Laneway Artspace).

Download the Invitation here.

“Electric Light Orchestra No.3” by Craig Robertson

“Tommys” by David Aaron

“Untitled” by Rochelle Kindler

Exhibition proudly sponsored by:

  • St Kilda Community Housing
  • Epson
  • Kayell Australia

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Forum: New Models of Housing Tenure

According to the Melbourne Institute HILDA report home ownership rates could fall below 50% by as early as next year. We have rising rates of people sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne and across the State as the newspapers have been reporting lately and private rental is becoming less affordable for those on low to moderate incomes.
 

How are we going to solve what looks like a perfect storm of housing problems?

 
Come along to Baxter Hall at Christ Church St Kilda, 14 Acland Street on Thursday August 18th at 5.15pm and hear three speakers talk about alternative housing tenures to either home ownership or renting. There are solutions out there. We just need our policy people and politicians to embrace them.
 
Speakers:
  • John Enticott on Community Land Trusts in Australia
  • Liz Mumford on mixed equity housing
  • John McInerney on the potential of co-operative housing
Refreshments provided
RSVP mleveratt@stkch.org.au or 9534 1809 by August 15th

‘Just Out of Frame’ Photography Exhibition

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St Kilda Community Housing presents the wonderful photographs produced by our residents.involved in our photographic group, as tutored by Carmel Louise.

Just Out Of Frame is an exhibition showcasing a diverse collection of photographers.

Each photographer brings something unique to the exhibition from the simplicity of a momentary pause, observation and capture of imagery, to naturally occurring abstracted forms and light refraction. From the light hearted to feminist concepts, varied themes are explored that are richly intense in colour, form and texture.

Venue: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park. (Contact phone 8606 4200)

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 19th July to 7th August 2016 Open Daily from 9am to 4pm

Opening Event: Thursday 21st July, 6-8pm (at Gasworks).

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Exhibition proudly sponsored by:

  • Collier Charitable Fund
  • St Kilda Community Housing
  • Michaels Cameras
  • Epson
  • Kayell Australia

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Forum: Building Opportunities

You are invited to a St Kilda Community Housing run forum to be held on

Thursday April 21st

commencing at 5.30pm

St Kilda Army & Navy Club

88 Acland Street, St Kilda.

“Building Opportunities: The role of affordable housing”

with guest speaker Dennis Glover.

 

Dennis Glover has worked for two decades as an academic, newspaper columnist, policy adviser and speechwriter to Australia’s most senior political, business and community leaders. An often outspoken political commentator, his most recent book is An Economy is not a Society. His previous books include The Art of Great Speeches and Orwell’s Australia.

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Federal Election Issues Campaign

This event will also launch St Kilda Community Housing’s Federal Election Issues Campaign to raise the question:

“If we spent 2% of GDP on Housing, could we resolve Homelessness and Housing Affordability in Australia”

RSVP

mleveratt@stkch.org.au or 9534 1809

Refreshments will be provided

Without a Home Campaign

Without a Home Campaign

Campaign to put housing affordability on the state election agenda

Local Community Housing organisations are asking voters to consider housing when making a decision at the Victorian State Election on November 29.

St Kilda Community Housing, South Port Community Housing Group and the Port Phillip Housing Association, supported by the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV), are running a ‘Without a Home’ campaign.

“Affordable Housing does not receive the priority it should,” St Kilda Community Housing General Manager John Enticott said “the lack of investment in building, acquiring and maintaining affordable housing reflects this, as does the ease with which State Governments can dispose of vital public housing stock.”

The campaign asks candidates and parties in the upcoming state election to back a strong safety net to ensure that every Victorian household has access to and is able to maintain a home.

Put up a poster

The campaign has produced of a series of posters reminding voters that “Without a Home …” most Victorians would face all sorts of difficulties such as maintaining employment, family, health, education and personal safety.

You can download and print one of the A3 posters to display yourself – or you can call Mandy at St Kilda Community Housing on 9534 1809 if you are interested in having a larger poster in the front window of your business, or a garden sign in your front yard if it is in a prominent position.

Does your local candidate support housing?

The campaign seeks to poll candidates on their positions on issues of Housing affordability and support for safety net housing such as community housing in the electorates that they want to represent.

You can visit www.chfv.org.au/votehousing to find out more about what the various political parties are saying about housing policy and who your local candidate is.

Housing affordability

Homelessness is on the rise due to a severe shortage of affordable housing. Affordable housing is defined as 30 per cent or less of household income going to cover the cost of rent or a mortgage; anything over this and people become ‘housing stressed’.

The recent Melbourne hearings of the Federal Senate Enquiry into Affordable Housing in September received many submissions from Victorian housing organisations urging policy makers to take action to increase the supply of affordable housing stock.

“Low income earners are being priced out of the private rental market at an alarming rate and social housing options are shrinking,” according to HomeGround Services CEO Dr Heather Holst. “Barriers to safe and secure tenancies in both private rental and social housing need to be addressed so that we can offer people on low incomes decent housing.”

Rooming Houses are often a last resort for many people, when the only other option is short term shelters or homelessness. But the need for housing affordability is not limited to low income and vulnerable people.

“The fluctuating economy, rising unemployment and the spiralling cost of living has put greater pressure on people of all ages to meet monthly mortgages and rentals.” said Mr Enticott “Entering or returning to the property market with housing prices ballooning has been described as impossible, leaving little option but renting, rooming houses, or public and community housing for more and more people.”

The impact of housing affordability

The social and economic costs of not acting on the affordable housing crisis are high and will be prolonged if action isn’t urgently taken to make sure every Victorian household has access to a safe and affordable home.

“Tenants in housing stress have no chance of saving a deposit towards home ownership,” adds Dr Holst “When a person is in a constant state of housing crisis it also makes it difficult to participate actively in social and community activities.”

“When someone dismisses housing issues by saying ‘if you can’t afford to live there, move on’, they should ask themselves ‘what if one day I was forced out of the home and the community that I had lived for most of my life, for reasons out of my control, where would I live, and would anyone care?’” said Mr Enticott “Well, many Victorians like us do care, and so too should our elected representatives.”

More information on the campaign

Visit www.chfv.org.au/votehousing

You can download any of the posters here.

Launch of the Rooming House Survival Guide

Rooming House Survival Guide

On Monday August 4th at 4.00pm, the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Amanda Stevens, will be launching the rooming house survival guide. The guide will be available in both hard copy and in interactive format. The launch will be held at Baxter Hall, Christ Church Community Centre 14 Acland Street St Kilda.

In the News

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St Kilda Community Housing in partnership with South Port Community Housing Group are currently holding a joint art exhibition entitled Between the Lines. The exhibition is on at the Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park until February 23rd.