Haven; Home, Safe is Australia’s only integrated affordable rental housing and homelessness services provider. We are a for-purpose organisation.
We are a for-purpose company, with our roots established 40 years ago in Bendigo. Through our relentless commitment to help and house more of the most vulnerable people in our community, we have achieved 24 years of continuous growth, became the first Victorian Registered Housing Association, and have developed our network of offices across the state to connect with housing options and integrated supports.
We now offer a variety of housing and support services to people in housing crisis across 29 Local Government Areas in Victoria, stretching through the regions from Mildura to Frankston, Warrnambool to Wodonga, including the metro areas in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and down through Geelong.
Through our breadth of locations, quality and variety of our houses we strive to offer our tenants homes that they can be proud of in locations that meet their needs and in communities they feel welcome.
In short, we strive to change the trajectory of people’s lives.
In a world where homelessness and housing crisis exist, we connect people with housing options and integrated supports so that they can find and keep a place to call home.
We put people first, especially our clients.
We do things differently to get the best results.
We do what we say and always make a difference.
Advocacy and support for our diverse clientele with a particular focus on developing
life skills and individual capacity
Relationships with government, community and commercial partners and other key
stakeholders to achieve
Follow our journey of success and support.
The organisation was in a parlous state. The Ministry of Housing had written to the committee advising them that their funding was to be cancelled if certain changes were not made. The committee hires Ken Marchingo as housing officer to start on 17 January 1994. Funding was provided in six-monthly increments until the department was satisfied with the financial state of the organisation.
Organisation changed its name to Bendigo Emergency Housing from BUEARC. It was chosen because it said what we did and where we did it. It had an implicit challenge in the name.
The organisation won the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) tender from a large national provider and began developing an integrated housing and homelessness service model.
Most of the former BUEARC’s debts were repaid via a variety of social enterprise activities over the two prior years.
LMHS auspiced the Loddon Campaspe Regional Housing Program and won the regional housing assistance program, and set up both as their own entities. The LCRHC became, what is now known as Housing Justice, a community legal service.
The CEO changed BEH’s status from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee, so that it could enshrine proper governance into the future. Loddon Mallee Housing Services Limited ( LMHS) was created.
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