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Landmark Housing Development Unveiled in Brighton as Families Move into New Homes

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As a proud member of the Building Communities consortium, leading not-for-profit housing organisation, Community Housing Limited (CHL) announces the successful delivery of 291 brand new social and affordable homes at New St, Brighton 

Families have commenced moving into the comfortable, well-designed, energy-efficient apartments that have been delivered in partnership with Homes Victoria as part of Victoria’s first Ground Lease Model initiative.   

State Minister for Housing Harriet Shing officially opened the redeveloped housing site that includes 151 social homes complemented by 140 affordable rental homes, enhancing the availability of housing options for the wider community.  

Prioritising the transition for returning residents and those on the Victorian housing register, CHL’s Victoria State Manager Grant McNeill was pleased to welcome residents to the Brighton community and into their new homes. 

Acknowledging that moving homes is a significant change, McNeill emphasised CHL’s commitment to ensuring a comfortable and seamless move-in experience for residents as the organisation looks forward to providing specialist tenancy and property management services for the next 40 years.  

“Our onsite team is there to support the residents with a smooth transition to their new homes and to help them adapt to the new surroundings with minimal disruption to their lives”, added McNeill.   

Newly moved-in resident and a professional artist, Tanya shared her experience and said that the transition to this new home has been phenomenal.  

“From the beginning, it has been a seamless process, and everyone has been incredibly supportive.”  

Tanya is also eager to getting involved in the community and has expressed a desire to organise art classes for the residents in the near future.  

Located close to public transportation, hospitals, schools, community services and popular spots like Elsternwick Park and Elwood Beach, the development offers a range of facilities for residents and the wider community to enjoy. These include a shared vegetable garden, outdoor spaces, recreational areas, a pavilion, and an onsite café providing spaces for relaxation and community gatherings.  

CHL’s Community Development manager Kate Daddo reiterated CHL’s commitment to creating a supportive community at the new development where residents can thrive.   

“In addition to providing a range of affordable housing options, we are committed to cultivating thriving communities.” 

“CHL is already working collaboratively with local partners and the residents to organise a diverse range of community engagement programs, such as coffee and homework clubs, dance sessions, art, language and cooking classes, and specialised activities like parenting support through its activation groups.” 

These initiatives aim to nurture a supportive and harmonious living environment, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for all the residents”, Daddo added.

For more on housing, check out the 6th National Housing and Homelessness Forum!

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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