Housing Choices Australia encourages residents to get involved in contributing to their community.
Resident advisory committees
The Housing Choices Australia group has a Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) for each state we operate in. This is supported by a National Advisory Committee that reviews the activities of all state committees and provides advice on national policies. The committees represent the diverse needs of our residents, raise broad issues that affect residents and encourage community development.
The state committees have 12 members and meet every two months. The national committee meets every six months.
We also hold social meetings in most of our larger communities. Residents and staff can meet one another, discuss common issues and propose solutions. Housing Choices Australia also gives updates on housing and maintenance issues so everybody is informed. Sometimes we invite a guest speaker to the meetings too!
Resident community fund
The Resident Community Fund provides people with the opportunity to turn their own ideas or vision for their community into reality. It’s a chance for residents, support agencies and Housing Choices Australia to work together to do what you want to do!
Residents and support agencies can apply for up to $2,500 for projects that will benefit the community or give residents the opportunity to participate in recreational or educational activities. Examples include:
- community gardens
- cooking classes
- days out
- environmental initiatives
- group education
- park benches or seating
- art and craft groups
- parents’ group excursions
- exercise or recreation groups
- men’s shed.
Download the Resident Community Fund Application form.
Applications are reviewed by the Community Development Team and the Resident Advisory Committee. We would prefer to make payment following the receipt of invoices. However, we will work with you before your project starts to discuss this. If your project goes ahead, you will need to tell us when your project is complete. This is so we can make sure the grant was successful and can measure the impact it has had on the community.
Preston community hub
Our Preston Community Hub is a community space for use by local residents. Located at one of our developments at 137 High Street, Preston, Victoria this space consists of two rooms that are used by a number of community organisations and Housing Choices Australia.
The programs and activities on offer at the Hub assist residents to:
- gain valuable life skills;
- further education and employment;
- be an active part of their local community; and
- sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Housing Choices Australia have partnered with the following organisations to provide programs and activities at the Preston Hub:
- The Bridge
Residents can also book the Hub on Fridays. If you would like to know more about the Hub, please call us on 1300 312 447.