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04 Jun 2019

New provider for 1000 local social housing tenants from today

Not for profit community housing provider (CHP) Compass Housing today takes over the management of more than 1,000 social housing properties in the Hunter promising improved services and support for tenants.

The change is part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Management Transfer which sees 14,000 tenancies currently managed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) transferred to a number of community housing providers following a tender process. Compass will also facilitate temporary accommodation for local people experiencing homelessness and provide private rental assistance to those in housing stress.

Under the initiative Compass has obtained 1,825 properties to manage in NSW including 665 in Cessnock, 384 in Singleton, and 27 in Dungog. The remainder are on the mid North Coast. This takes Compass’ portfolio to more than 6,200 dwellings, making it one of the largest community housing providers in the southern hemisphere.

Compass’ Group Chief Operating Officer Lisa Tierney said as well as industry leading tenancy and property management, tenants in the Hunter will benefit from a range of Compass community development programs.

“At Compass we believe community housing is about more than just providing accommodation, it’s also about building community,” Ms Tierney said.

“That’s why we offer a range of programs that help tenants achieve better social and economic participation and foster a sense of belonging and connection to their homes and their communities,’ she said.

“The transition of tenants has gone very smoothly with 100 per cent of tenants agreeing to transfer.

“We’re excited to be able to extend our offering to our new tenants and look forward to having them as part of the Compass community.”

Currently around 19 per cent of NSW’s 144,000 social housing dwellings are managed by the not-for-profit sector. That figure will rise to 32 per cent under the Social Housing Management Transfer program.

Newcastle based Compass Housing has been operating for more than 30 years. It manages properties in Sydney, the Hunter, Central West, Far West, 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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04 Jun 2019

New provider for Mid Coast social housing tenants

Not for profit community housing provider (CHP) Compass Housing today takes over the management of around 700 social housing properties in the Mid Coast Council area promising improved services and support for tenants.

The change is part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Management Transfer which sees 14,000 tenancies currently managed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) transferred to a number of community housing providers following a tender process. Compass will also facilitate temporary accommodation for local people experiencing homelessness and provide private rental assistance to those in housing stress.

Under the initiative Compass has obtained 1,825 properties to manage in NSW. This takes its portfolio to more than 6,200 dwellings, making it one of the largest community housing providers in the southern hemisphere.

It has already opened a new office at 57 Albert Street, Taree and has been working with tenants on the changeover.

Compass’ group chief operating officer Lisa Tierney said as well as industry leading tenancy and property management, tenants in Taree will benefit from a range of Compass community development programs.

“At Compass we believe community housing is about more than just providing accommodation, it’s also about building community,” Ms Tierney said.

“That’s why we offer a range of programs that help tenants achieve better social and economic participation and foster a sense of belonging and connection to their homes and their communities,’ she said.

“The transition of tenants has gone very smoothly with 100 per cent of tenants agreeing to transfer.

“We’re excited to be able to extend our offering to our new tenants and look forward to having them as part of the Compass community.”

Currently around 19 per cent of NSW’s 144,000 social housing dwellings are managed by the not-for-profit sector. That figure will rise to 32 per cent under the Social Housing Management Transfer program.

Newcastle based Compass Housing has been operating for more than 30 years. It manages properties in Sydney, the Hunter, Central West, Far West, 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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29 May 2019

Compass Housing welcomes new ministerial appointments in new look Federal Cabinet

Compass Housing Services has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of Michael Sukkar as Minister for Housing and Luke Howarth as Assistant Minister for Community Housing and Homelessness in his new look Cabinet.

Compass Housing is one of many housing experts as well as social services advocates and providers that have been long calling for a dedicated Minister for Housing as part of action needed to fix Australia’s broken housing system.

The Federal Government did not previously have a Minister for Housing.

Compass’ Acting CEO Lisa Tierney said housing is a basic human right and need and is fundamentally important to other parts of people’s lives including work, study, families and relationships.

Ms Tierney said given so many people are struggling with housing affordability or rental affordability and that homelessness is on the rise it is vital to have a national minister to focus and integrate action.

She hopes the ministers will work with other counterparts responsible for infrastucture, jobs and community services to develop national plans for housing and to end homelessness.


Media information: Craig Eardley on 0437477493

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14 May 2019

Beyond Bank Scholarship to Grow Young Stars

Compass is expanding the award winning Grow a Star program thanks to a new partnership with Beyond Bank.

In households where money is tight, kids often miss out on the sort of extracurricular activities that most would simply take for granted. But these activities play an important role in connecting young people to their communities.

The “Grow a Star Beyond Bank Scholarship” will encourage generational change by empowering young people from low income families to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.

Beyond Bank will provide $75,000 over three years to fund scholarships valued up to $2000.

Scholarships are open to young people aged between 5 and 17 living in Compass Housing properties throughout New South Wales.

Find out more by downloading the Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form. 

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11 Apr 2019

Compass Housing joins Plastic Police®

Compass Housing is the first Hunter based not for profit organisation and first community housing organisation to sign up to the Plastic Police® recycling program.

Compass is in the process of setting up soft plastic recycling stations - one at its Hamilton head office, one at Muswellbrook South State School and one at its Central Coast Community hub known as The Meeting Place.

Plastic Police® is a Hunter-based circular economy program that diverts soft (scrunchable) plastics from landfill to be recycled into useful products for schools, councils, businesses and community groups. It is an initiative of local business waste consultant Samantha Cross from Cross Connections Consulting.

Samantha said Plastic Police® is a more than just a recycling program. It is a community engagement program to close the loop on wasted resources. 

“At the moment, 300,000 tonnes of soft plastic are sent to landfill every year in Australia.” Samantha said.

“Our aim is to turn as much of this material as possible back into useful products, to avoid material ending up in landfills or oceans, or being shipped overseas to be recycled,” She said.

She urged local businesses and industry to join Compass Housing in thinking about opportunities to recycle soft plastic and incorporate locally made recycled plastic products into their production processes.

“We want to get organisations and businesses playing a role in purchasing or incorporating products made from reprocessed and recycled materials to ensure local end market demand,” she said.

Compass Housing Sustainability Manager Jandy McCandless said joining the Plastic Police® program represented another plank in the company’s growing sustainability platform.

“Compass is aligning its business operations to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to plays its part in ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all,” she said.

“Plastic Police® is a powerful and practical demonstration of the power of local action to create positive change.”


To find out more about Plastic Police® visit www.plasticpolice.com.au

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