Get involved

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.

Community meetings

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
  • Neami
  • Arbias

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.

Good Money partnership

Good Money Coaches

Housing Choices Australia is pleased to announce that we have a new support partner called Good Money. Good Money is part of Good Shepherd Microfinance and they assist people to manage their financial worries. Housing Choices Australia residents can have free, confidential conversations about money with a Good Money coach. A Good Money coach can support you to improve your household budgeting and money skills with tips and suggestions. Good Money can also assist if residents need help buying an essential household item like a fridge or washing machine – or even a couch – as they can organise a No Interest Loan for you (subject to affordability and eligibility) to make it happen.  A No Interest Loan is for up to $1200 and can also be used for some medical and dental costs, education expenses, laptops and other items.  In addition, Good Money coaches can help you with other services, such as car and contents insurance, financial counselling, low interest loans and support for managing your money.

If you are interested in accessing this service please contact your Housing Officer or use the contact details in the flyer below.

 

Good Money Workshops

Between August and November 2017, Good Shepherd Microfinance will be offering dedicated workshops on financial topics and issues for Housing Choices residents.  The workshops will provide practical tips, tricks and activities to help you manage your money and feel in control of your finances. We’ll be able to tell you more about these exciting workshops in the months ahead!

Futures scholarship program

Housing Choices Australia has launched a new resident education scholarship program in Victoria called Futures Scholarships with the first round of scholarships becoming available in Semester 2, 2017

Futures Scholarships are part of Housing Choices Australia’s commitment to supporting our residents to access and engage in education and training opportunities. The Futures Scholarships are an initiative of the Housing Choices Australia Community Development Program in Victoria. These scholarships can assist Housing Choices Australia residents to turn their vision for the future into reality. These scholarships are open to residents of Housing Choices Australia and their children who will be participating in the following recognised and accredited courses:

  • Year 11 or Year 12
  • VET Course
  • Certificate Courses Levels 1 to 5
  • Diploma Certificates
  • Bachelor
  • Apprenticeship course

Futures Scholarships can be used towards out of pocket expenses incurred in completing your studies. These may include course fees, text books, stationery supplies, excursions and tutoring. If awarded, scholarship funds will be supplied direct to the institution or provider. There are ten scholarships of up to $500 each available each semester.

How to apply

To apply for a Futures Scholarship an eligible resident will need to complete the Futures Scholarship Application Form to guide you through the process we also have the Futures Scholarship Program: Guidelines and Criteria.

Applications will close approximately one month into each semester. The closing date for semester 2, 2017 applications is the  3rd August 2017.

If you have any questions questions or would like assistance to complete the application form please contact the Community Development Team on 1300 312 447.