A growing demand for affordable housing and shrinking services in small rural townships are just two of the challenges for the Mallee, according to newly appointed General Manager of Haven; Home, Safe (HHS), Trevor Gibbs.
HHS has been helping and housing those most vulnerable in the Mallee since 1998 and is the region’s leading homelessness support agency and only affordable rental housing provider covering four local government areas, Mildura, Swan Hill, Gannawarra, and Buloke.
“We are seeing an influx of people from the smaller NSW and SA border towns in search of work and accessing services, which places additional strain on housing affordability and availability and other resources,” Trevor said.
Trevor hopes to raise awareness about the housing options available and to increase access to support services through improved networking relationships with HHS’s community sector partners.
“The Mallee has the highest rate of family and domestic violence, based on population, and is home to some of the most vulnerable people in the state,” he said.
Since January, HHS has assisted more than 1300 people in the Mallee.
“Streamlining access to support and working closely with our partners in the region is just the first step in better meeting the demands of the people in the Mallee.”
In addition to owning and managing 150 transitional and affordable rental properties, HHS employees a team of 14 dedicated staff who work across several program areas including, Supporting Families at Risk, Private Rental Assistance Program, Intake Assessment and Planning, Community Connections, Tenancy Plus, Tenant Advocate Assistance, and Emergency Relief.
ABOUT TREVOR GIBBS
Haven; Home, Safe’s new General Manager in the Mallee, Trevor Gibbs, was born and raised in Colignan and members of his family are still in the area.
A student at Red Cliffs High School, Trevor went on to be employed in the banking industry before joining the Department of Health and Human Services in 1993. He worked in a range of roles at various regional offices including Wangaratta, Geelong and Warrnambool for over 20 years.
In March 2014, Trevor returned to Mildura with a transfer in the Department. His most recent role prior to joining HHS was as Senior Program Advisor, Mallee Health Integration and Partnerships.
It was in this role that Trevor worked closely with HHS and partner agencies Mallee Accommodation and Support Program, Mallee Family Care, Mildura District Aboriginal Services and Mallee Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Trevor commenced work on April 30 and is responsible for overseeing operational and strategic management for HHS across the Mallee.
Coming from a big sporting family, Trevor is a keen supporter of the Red Cliffs Football and Netball Club and the Nangiloc Football Club and is active in the local cricket and the harness racing community.
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