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Housing Choices Drill Hall

30 Therry Street, Melbourne

About the Project

Built in 2011, Drill Hall is a unique redevelopment of an iconic heritage-listed building. Housing Choices was chosen to restore the original 1937 Royal Melbourne Drill Hall, offices and art deco apartments back to their former glory and construct new dwellings on site.

The project was developed by Housing Choices with funding from the National Building Economic Stimulus Plan - Social Housing Initiative in partnership with the Melbourne City Council and the Sidney Myer Centenary Fund.

Housing Choices constructed a nine-storey development with 59 apartments on a triangular site near the Queen Victoria Market. The restored offices are home to a support agency with the Drill Hall leased out for community functions. The public courtyard space has been transformed by residents into a thriving community garden.

Residents with a strong connection to the city were selected to live in the Drill Hall, including people with a disability, who have easy access within the building and to facilities including community hall and health centre. Drill Hall was the recipient of the Australasian Housing Institute Award for Leading Housing Solutions.

Community Garden, Drill Hall

What is Community Housing?

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.

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