November 23, 2015 @ 1:40pm
Argyle team members joined 850 other delegates at the 2015 National Housing Conference held in Perth, W.A. at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Delegates at the 3 day event were from all across Australia and New Zealand and included staff from community housing providers, state/territory departments of housing, government representatives, developers and management consultants.
We applaud the organisers for putting on such a terrific multi-day programme. Those that attended thoroughly enjoyed the sessions – appreciating the chance to meet with others in similar roles to themselves and whom collectively share in our desire to find an end to homelessness in Australia.
Many discussions touched on the need for long term forward federal planning to encourage investors, and ultimately sustainable change. Also the great work being done in Tasmania around ‘social accounting’.
“We enjoyed a talk by Jennie Burrows, Project Manager of NSW SHS Industry and Workforce Development Project. The talk compared the number of people experiencing homelessness in all different states including the different demographics. It was interesting to discover that the causes of homelessness where the same across the board.” – Bernadette Welfare, Senior Pathways Advisor
“The SA and WA initiatives for home loans that the government offer are quite impressive. Applicants still need to meet the general lending criteria, but they are offered with a reduced deposit (2% in WA) and there isn’t a need for mortgage insurance, saving the households thousands. They are a shorter term loan, allowing the household to then get funding from a bank or financial institution.” – Alison Lane, Campbelltown Team Leader
Hear from delegates and discover some of the highlights for yourself within the video below;