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14 Aug 2019

Compass supports Hunter Homeless Connect Day

Compass has again thrown its support behind an initiative to help those in the Hunter region experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

A record 1300 people guests attended the region’s annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day (HHCD) at the Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre.

Compass Housing’s Michelle Faithfull acted as co-ordinator for the event again this year. Compass Housing has tenant support staff on hand as well representatives from its Grow A Star program and Shout Out Mental Health program at the event.

Compass was one of a record 125 government and non-government services and 50 volunteers working together to provide support and information to people in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Free services included health checks, eye tests and glasses, hearing tests, immunisations, podiatry services and diabetes screening. Blankets, coats and toiletry packs donated by Hunter residents and businesses were also available to those in need.

This was the event’s ten-year anniversary. The theme was “I am homeless, but I’m also… (human)”.  As well as providing services to many who are doing it tough, the focus of HHCD is to provide an inclusive, non-judgmental environment where people can find support, practical help, to feel heard and to experience what many of us take for granted.

Hunter Homeless Connect Day is convened by the not-for-profit organisation, Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. For more information visit the Hunter Homeless Connect Day Facebook page or www.hunterhomelessconnect.org

In addition to its support of Hunter Homeless Connect Day, Compass also provides secretariat support to the Hunter’s Big Ideas Homelessness Network.

Homelessness statistics

  • 189,400 Australian households are waiting for social housing.
  • 28,000 Australians between 12-25 years old are experiencing homelessness every night.
  • A survey conducted by volunteers at the 2018 HHCD event revealed that for the third straight year, women outnumbered men among those seeking assistance. The 40-54 age group (combined) represented the largest number of attendees.
  • The Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said that 116,42 people were homeless on census night in 2016, representing 50 homeless people per 10,000. 1,750 of those were experiencing homelessness in the Hunter region.

 

What can people do to help people experiencing homelessness?

  • Help change the language and attitudes. People experience homelessness, they aren’t “homeless”. Homelessness is not an identity. It's an event in a person's life – with a cause and a solution.
  • Volunteer for or donate to an organisation that is working to eliminate homelessness.
  • Provide training or work experience for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
  • Take the Newcastle & Hunter Ending Homelessness Pledge at the Hunter’s Big Ideas Homelessness Network’s website – www.bigideashomelessnessnetwork.org

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09 Aug 2019

Compass wins four 2019 Australian Business Awards (ABA100)

Compass Housing has won four ABA100 2019 Australian Business Awards.

Compass has been recognized in these categories.

Last year (2018) Compass was also an ABA100 winner in four categories

  • Employer of Choice
  • Business Excellence
  • Community Contribution
  • Business Innovation.

These awards are on the back of Compass being named as a finalist in four categories in the upcoming Hunter Business Chamber Awards.   

Group Managing Director Greg Budworth said it is an honour to be recognised against other high caliber organisations in these awards.

He said Compass’ accolades are a credit to the dedicated team of people who work for the organisation.

“To meet our continued growth, we are focused on enabling our new and existing staff to build skills, take on challenges and experience success,” Mr Budworth said.

“That means we are Investing in training and development with a particular focus on induction of new staff and building leaders,” he said.

“To be recognised as an employer of choice is satisfying because we strive to create a workplace where people can grow and succeed while providing our tenants with affordable housing and building sustainable communities.”

The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.

Compass Housing is an international community housing provider, based in Newcastle NSW, with a proven track record of managing a wide range of tenancies under a variety of housing programs.


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01 Aug 2019

Compass recognised in prestigious regional business awards

Compass Housing Services (Compass) is a finalist in four categories in the upcoming, prestigious Hunter Business Chamber Awards.   

Compass is in the running for the Contribution to the Region Award, Employer of Choice Award, Excellence in Business Award and the Excellence in Sustainability Award. Compass is a finalist in more categories than any other organisation or individual.

Group Managing Director Greg Budworth said it is an honour just to be recognised against other high caliber organisations.

He credited Compass staff for the organisation’s strong performance.

Compass is no stranger to the Awards. In 2018, Compass took out the Excellence in Innovation Award. In 2017 Mr Budworth was named Business Leader of the Year and Compass Housing was crowned with a Business Excellence Award.

For the first time this year, Compass is an award sponsor. It is sponsoring the Excellence in Social Enterprise Award.

The Awards are the peak accolade for businesses and organisations based in the NSW Hunter region. Organisers claim they are the premier and the largest regional business chamber awards in Australia. This year more than 100 finalists will compete for 17 awards. They will be announced at a gala ceremony in Newcastle on August 23.


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04 Jul 2019

Compass Housing to deliver investLogan’s Marsden housing project

investLogan’s innovative community-based housing project is now a reality after the property investment company announced the appointment of Compass Housing as its strategic partner.

Following detailed negotiations, Compass Housing has been appointed to operate and manage the housing project, alongside BlueCHP who will conduct the design, construction and certification. 

The successful partnership will deliver two, three-bedroom dwellings that can be used as National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) housing and also provide facilities for a Supported Independent Living Provider to be present on site.

The dwellings will be designed and constructed to the High Physical Support Specialty Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Category, which is designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment and requiring very high levels of support. This standard is equivalent to the Liveable Housing Australia ‘Platinum’ level.

investLogan Chairman Steve Greenwood said Compass Housing and BlueCHP’s proposal not only met the objectives outlined in the Expression of Interest but also aligned with investLogan’s values and its commitment to contributing to the local community.

“The SDA Design Category provides the maximum flexibility and adaptability in providing housing options for the community,” Mr Greenwood said.

“The design will be required to achieve the desired functional requirements while keeping in line with the local residential character.

“Compass Housing and BlueCHP both have strong track records of delivering disability housing for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

“We are humbled to be partnering with organisations of this calibre to deliver such an important and valuable project for the people of Logan City.”

Compass Housing Group Managing Director Greg Budworth said the organisation’s purpose is to help alleviate the hardship of housing stress for those in need.

“We aim to provide secure and affordable housing for disadvantaged people who are unable to access sourcing appropriate accommodation,” Mr Budworth said.  said. 

“We’re thrilled to be selected as the strategic partner for this invaluable project, which will have a positive impact on the people of Logan.”

Logan City Council’s investment arm investLogan called for Expressions of Interest in March and received five formal applications for the redevelopment of the former Logan City Council block of land.  


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27 Jun 2019

Compass Housing gets gold for sustainability

Compass has been awarded Gold Partner Status and one of its staff members named the 2019 Sustainability Champion in the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme.

NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, The Hon Matthew Kean, presented Compass Housing with the recognition at a ceremony in Sydney last night.

Compass’ Sustainability Manager Jandy McCandless was named 2019 sustainability champion at the event.

Compass’ Group Chief Corporate Services Officer Lyndall Robertshaw congratulated Ms McCandless and the entire Compass team for their efforts in making Compass Housing and local communities more sustainable. She said some of Compass’ achievements in this area include a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions over three years. It is also the first not for profit organisation and first community housing organisation to sign up to the Plastic Police® soft plastics recycling program a part of its “towards zero” waste program.

In the Upper Hunter, Compass has commenced a pilot project to divert vacated properties’ waste from landfill to be repurposed, recycled or reused. The aim is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by 50 per cent.

Ms Robertshaw said sustainability is more than protecting the environment.

She said community gardens provide tenants with access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and create a platform for social inclusion and addresses good health and wellbeing on a number of levels.

Compass has taken a lead role in advocating for sustainability nationally and internationally particularly through the promotion of the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda. Group managing director, Greg Budworth, is vice president of the UN Habitat General Assembly of Partners. Compass hosted the International Congress of Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities in November 2018. 

“Compass is aligning its business operations to the SDGs to play its part in ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all,” Ms Robertshaw said.

“Sustainability is at the heart of Compass’ operations because it makes good business sense,” she said.

“As well as a sustainability manager and all staff have KPIs on sustainability and waste and emissions reduction.”

She said underpinning the commitment to sustainability is a belief that safe, affordable and adequate housing is a basic human right.  

“Compass works with its tenants help them to participate in  building resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities.”

“Sustainability is a normal part of doing business and measures are integrated into our strategic plan, business systems and our People, Place, Performance (PPP) programs to help deliver sustainable tenancies, social regeneration and increase social and economic participation.”

The Sustainability Advantage Program is a business support service provided by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The program helps organisations to improve their environmental performance, reduce costs and add value to their business. After actively participating in Sustainability Advantage for at least one year, and demonstrating achievements against each of the published sustainability criteria, members can progress through the recognition levels, starting with bronze. Compass joined the Sustainability Advantage Program in 2009 and successfully achieved Silver status in 2011.

Compass Housing more than 6,500 social and affordable housing properties in Sydney, the Hunter, Central West, Far West, Manning and Central Coast regions of NSW, as well as in Brisbane and New Zealand. It also runs community development programs in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.


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