Earning a commendation at the 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards, our Hemmings Street development reimagines social housing in the outer semi-industrial Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.
The project was supported by the Victorian Government through funding provided by the Victorian Property Fund on the approval of the Minister for Consumer Affairs.
Designed by award-winning architects Kennedy Nolan, the building replaced seven run-down flats with 19 one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a five-storey block. The brief was to provide safe, quality, affordable housing for people who are struggling to find a home in Australia’s challenging private rental market. Architects, Kennedy Nolan worked hard to make the best possible building for social housing and the result sets a new benchmark in social housing that delivers both density, amenity and architectural flair.
The building has good access to sunlight and fresh air, storage space and is accessible for people with disabilities and uses natural materials, textures and colour to create something welcoming and enjoyable to live in. Hemmings Street is close to Dandenong shopping village, various restaraunts and cafes, public transport, walking and cycling tracks and other services and amenities.
Over 100,000 Australian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes. They are from all walks of life - single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people living with a disability.
The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing spectrum, alongside public housing and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. In Victoria, public housing is managed by Homes Victoria. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices.
Community housing providers are regulated by the State and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. We provide safe and secure homes to those who live on low incomes, often living with disability. We are committed under our charter to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies, and ensure they have access to support services and live in communities that will improve their circumstances and life opportunities.