Published: 27 July 2017

Strengthening our housing communities

"Mission Australia Housing is thrilled to see these upgrades come to fruition so we can ensure tenants who live here feel safe, and so we can contribute to the safety and security of the neighbourhood," National Operations Manager Christine Collins said.

The results of the 2016 Mission Australia Tenant Survey revealed that over half of tenants nationally did not feel safe at times and 57% of tenants were concerned about the condition of their communal bin areas. The funds - one-off grants between $2,000 and $50,000 for each site - were invested directly into addressing these concerns. While the nature of the improvements varied according to the unique needs of each site, the overall aim was to improve liveability and strengthen our housing communities in accordance with Mission Australia's strategic directions.

"We are fully committed to improving our tenants' living environment by maintaining our properties and ensuring that the open spaces and communal areas here make for a safe and attractive place to call home," Christine said.

The total Social Housing Community Improvement Fund allocation of over $275,000 will see 10 Mission Australia Housing sites improved, with four sites receiving upgrades so far. The upgraded sites held launches throughout June to celebrate…

Greater Western Sydney: Albert St, Werrington

Upgrades: Installation of sensor lighting and additional complex lighting, additional CCTV and signage, security and garage door upgrades, security peep holes in all unit doors and a functional outdoor communal area built with chairs, tables and shade for tenants to socialise.

At each event, there was positive feedback from tenants who are thankful for the important upgrades to their homes. "I just want you to know how much we appreciate all the work you are doing here. The seating area and new plants really make the place look inviting and makes us all come out of our homes and get to know each other a bit more," one tenant from Taree said.

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