FOYER Oxford is one of three Department of Communities projects recognised at the 2017 Australasian Housing Institutes’ (AHI) WA Professional Excellence in Housing Awards, held last week at the Flour Factory.
The AHI is the professional association representing workers and volunteers in Australia and New Zealand’s multi-disciplinary social housing industry.
The awards recognised the housing professionals who made a significant and lasting difference to tenants, clients, the community, and their profession.
The Foyer Oxford complex in Leederville won the Excellence in Social Housing award.
It was developed by the Department of Communities, Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing and North Metropolitan Tafe to deliver a holistic response to youth homelessness.
The Transitional Housing Program, developed by the department with the Kimberley Development Commission, received the Leading Community Engagement Practice award.
The program provides stable, affordable housing and support services for eligible Aboriginal people.
It aims to build the capacity of participants to achieve self-sufficiency, financial security, household stability and ultimately home ownership.
The department’s Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot shared the award for Leading Innovation.
Under the pilot, the department joined four community services organisations: Centrecare, Salvation Army, Outcare and Multicultural Services of WA, to trial an innovative form of assistance to support 200 social housing tenants and applicants to transition to private rentals.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley said it was highly encouraging to see the standard of work that resulted in these awards.