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Timeline of events

July 2019

We get our own inhouse IT team and Fresh IT launches

We announce merger with Active Community Housing

We celebrate Naidoc Week

Five new staff inducted as Praetorians (10+ years of service)

We become the first and only housing association in the world to receive the ISO certification for our asset management system

August 2019

We mark Homelessness Week

All Staff Day in Melbourne

We get together with Orange Sky Laundry and local barbers to provide hot meals, a laundry service, and haircuts for clients

Our NRAS Program Manager Danni completes Runs for a Cause to raise over $1,000 for Sydney Myer Haven

Blankets donated for clients via the 300 Blankets program

Free haircuts for clients in Preston thanks to Barbers of Brunswick

September 2019

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne MP turns first sod at Mildura as part of Accommodation for Homelessness Program, as build starts

ActiveSDA Quality and Safeguards Project commences

Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters visit Sidney Myer Haven and meet tenants

October 2019

We mark World Homelessness Day

We participated in the Victorian Homelessness Conference

We are nominated for three Victorians Homelessness Achievement Awards

HeyVan and HeyYou-t in the spotlight

We mark Mental Health Week

Attend the Australasian Housing Institute 2019 Social Housing Leaders Forum

We receive $2 million in rent support funding for vulnerable families

November 2019

We undertake a private briefing with Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Service Luke Howarth MP

Participation in 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Victoria

Our Board of Directors travel to Mildura for the Annual General Meeting

We host major meet-and-greet stakeholder event in Mildura

We are the first housing association in Australia to receive $65M from National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC)

Yumi Stynes visits our Bendigo office to find out more about the work we do

Annual Stakeholder Meeting cancelled as skies turn black over Bendigo and Code Red called

Annual Report 2018-2019 released

We receive two nominations for PowerHousing Australia Awards

Federal Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP, praises our Wattlewood development

December 2019

We mark International Day of People with Disability

The Lockwood Uniting Church ladies knit blankets and toys for our clients

We celebrate Human Rights Day

Client Christmas party

Staff Christmas party

Good Neighbour Awards nominations open

January 2020

State of disaster declared in Victoria due to bushfires

HeyYou-t participates in A Good Kind program

DHHS funding for 50 new head lease properties for women and children fleeing family violence

February 2020

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne MP takes a closer look at the great work carried out by mobile outreach HeyVan and HeyYou-t

Independent audit commences to certify Haven; Home, Safe against the NDIS Practice Standards

March 2020

We launch Our Credo

Deputy CEO/COO Trudi Ray speaks at Australasian Housing Institute’s International Women’s Day breakfast

We celebrate the inspirational women of HHS #IWD2020

We don orange to celebrate Harmony Day

State of Emergency declared in Victoria due to the coronavirus pandemic

Business Continuity Management Committee swings into action to plan new ways of working with both clients, tenants, and staff

We pivot our services including our concierge service from face-to-face to a virtual service to mitigate risk of infection to clients or staff

Events cancelled and HeyVan and HeyYou-t are taken off the road

All staff receive laptops and mobiles

Chair and CEO livestream message to all staff re: impact of COVID-19
80% of staff start working from home

Doors remain open for homeless clients

Working From Home guide rolled out

April 2020

COVID-19 plan for Community Sector rolled out

Staff share working from home stories

We get familiar with Zoom meetings and Microsoft Teams meetings

Client meetings pivot to be conducted via phone

A day in the life of working from home

Healthy habits while working from home

CEO Ken Marchingo AM talks to CEO of Incommunities, UK Geraldine Howley OBE  via Facebook Live; the first in our Life in Lockdown webinar series

May 2020

Gift cards and working from home allowances instituted for all staff

$200k a year boost for 198 new NRAS allocations

Deputy CEO/COO Trudi Ray reappointed to Australasian Housing Institute board

We mark National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

CEO Ken Marchingo AM talks to CEO of Canada’s Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation via Facebook Live as part of our Life in Lockdown webinar series

Bendigo tenants receive haircut vouchers

Tenant Bob Guy wins DHHS Victoria in Bloom Garden Competition for Best First Year Entered Garden

CEO Ken Marchingo AM talks to CEO of Winterwood Inc, Kentucky USA as part of our Life in Lockdown webinar series

HHS receives recommendation for SDA certification with NDIS Commission

June 2020

We adjust to the #newnormal

We receive a City of Manningham Community Emergency Relief grant of $13,500 to install hand sanitisers in our 10-storey Tram Road property

ActiveSDA service officially launches

We mark World Refugee Day

Life Emerging from Lockdown webinar talking to Dee Walsh from Mercy Housing Inc (USA)

We report six-fold increase in people seeking crisis housing in Preston

Life Emerging from Lockdown webinar talking to Michael Newey, CEO of Broadland Housing Association (UK)

We switch to new 1300 number 1300 428 364

Chair Sue Clarke retires from the Board of Directors and we welcome the appointment of new Chair Damien Tangey

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