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Housing Choices St Albans

Gertrude St, St Albans

About the Project

Our Gertrude Street, St Albans residential development provides architect-designed, environmentally sustainable social housing homes, delivered through a community housing model that supports residents and builds links with community.

The collaborative project was supported by the Victorian Government through funding provided by the Victorian Property Fund on the approval of the Minister for Consumer Affairs, and an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.

Designed by NMBW Architecture Studio with critical input from the faculty of Monash Art, Design and Architecture and Monash Urban Lab to rethink the design of accessible and affordable housing. The property comprises seven one, two and three-bedroom apartments across three levels and includes car and bicycle parking. The ground floor dwellings are specifically designed to meet NDIS Specialist Disability Accomodation standards. All dwellings are designed to Livable Housing Australia’s Silver Level, 5 Star Green Star and 7 Star NatHERS ratings.

The development is close to local shops and amenities, public transport, as well as schools and hospitals. Applicants for the home were drawn from the Victorian Housing Register. Housing Choices delivers both tenancy and property management services for the building and its residential community, as well as community-building initiatives.

Residents, Housing Choices Australia

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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