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An invitation to celebrate

Barkly Street house

The Board and staff of St Kilda Community Housing are delighted to invite you to celebrate with us, the acquisition of 96 Barkly St, St Kilda, as a new housing solution for older single women.

You are invited to a house warming on Friday 7th September 2018 at 5.30pm at 96 Barkly St, St Kilda.

We will be joined by local Member of Parliament, Mr Martin Foley MP Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing in the Victorian Government.

A tour of the property will follow an address on older women and homelessness presented by St. Kilda Community Housing Ltd. Board
Member and advocate, Ms Mary Bartlett.

Elenara Re-opens!

Elenara re-opens

On Friday 11 May 2018, Vic Housing Minister Martin Foley MP formally opened our newly renovated rooming house ‘Elenara’ at 2 Fitzroy Street – St Kilda. The historic former seaside hotel built 100 years ago, close to St Kilda Beach, has for most of its life housed vulnerable residents, and has been integral to our local community housing service. The valuable site had been threatened with sale under the previous government. Only after a passionate campaign by over 3,000 locals, and promises made by the incoming government, were we not only able to #SaveElenara, but – thanks to a multi-million dollar State Government upgrade grant – the building has been converted into modern, self contained living units.

The building has been returned to our lease – and is now already occupied with tenants, making it home. It is a great example of a state-of-the-art, clean, warm, safe rooming house featuring solar panels, solar hydronic heating and security and intercom systems. It is a model for social housing development in this state.

Photos include a previous tour by the St Kilda Community Housing board prior to tenancy, and the opening on Friday attended by reps from City of Port Phillip, Port Phillip Community Group, SouthPort UnitingCare, HousingFirst, StarHealth, the Victorian Government and many other local agencies and services.

Thanks for supporting the St Kilda Community Housing: Save Elenara Campaign!

You can see all of the photos in our Facebook page – click here.

Forum: Building Opportunities

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

Thursday April 21st 2016 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.

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

Open Day at Seaside [Sunday 6 Sept 12-2pm]

For the first time ever, St Kilda Community Housing is throwing open the doors of one of its largest rooming houses to the general public.

Seaside Lodge, at 342 Beaconsfield Parade, was built in 1917 in the Edwardian style. It remained intact until 1985, when a fire swept through both the front and the back buildings. The back building was completely destroyed and could not be salvaged but the front building retained much of its original structure. The building remained damaged for two years, when the then Ministry of Housing purchased the building and set about restoring the front building and rebuilding the back section.

Seaside after the fire

Seaside after the fire

When these works were completed, the property was handed over to the St Kilda Rooming House Issues Group (now St Kilda Community Housing, SCH) for them to manage on behalf of the Ministry. All up, the two buildings accommodated 59 people in single rooms with shared facilities.

It continued to be run as a traditional rooming house until 2010, when the building was gradually emptied to make way for a new redevelopment of both buildings into self-contained units for SCH residents. The redevelopment was officially launched by the then Housing Minister, Wendy Lovell, in 2012. There are now 36 people living in the two buildings.

Seaside Lodge has gone from being an extremely difficult property to manage to one of our best properties. There is very little turnover in tenants and a very high level of satisfaction.

Come and join us on September 6th for Open Day at 342 Beaconsfield Parade. We’ll be offering hot dogs and drinks as well as guided tours of this magnificent rooming house. The action takes place between 12.00-2.00pm. Call 9534 1809 or email friends@stkch.org.au to RSVP.

Friends of StKCH Community Dinner

You and your friends are invited to the Friends of St Kilda Community Housing inaugural fundraising Community Dinner. Come along and help us celebrate 30 years of building sustainable social housing in St Kilda.

7pm Friday 1 May 2015, St Kilda Town Hall.

There will be an MC and entertainment. More details will be confirmed on this page.

Dinner will be catered by HEAT, a practical youth re-engagement program delivered from the SKYS Learning Centre in South Melbourne, and run in partnership with William Angliss Institute TAFE and the City of Port Phillip. Alcoholic and soft drinks will be provided.

Tickets are $85 each (or $150 for 2 tickets). Funds raised will go to the St Kilda Community Housing Solar Energy Project.

RSVP by 20 April 2015

The People’s Solar Project

Community housing providers are having to raise rents for their tenants because of the ever-increasing costs of utilities.

This is affecting some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in our society.

To change this situation,  St Kilda Community Housing has joined with The People’s Solar to establish the first ever crowd funding project to kick start the first round of funding needed to put 15Kw of power on the roof of one of our rooming houses.

Do you want to help disadvantaged people and the environment at one and the same time?

Then help St Kilda Community Housing raise the money to raise the solar panels on our roof.

To donate please visit http://www.thepeoplessolar.com/stkildat2m/