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Evolve Housing wins a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Transparency Award

 Evolve Housing is honoured to have received the highly regarded PwC Transparency Award in the category of most improved charity for 2013.

The PwC Transparency Awards recognise those charities with the most rigorous and transparent reporting on financials, governance and strategy.

This year PwC reported that 53 of the nation’s most recognisable charities entered the PwC Awards – up from 44 entrants last year. The PwC Awards are presided over by an independent jury that included Paula Benson, GM Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank, David Locke, Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia. The awards are a collaboration between PwC Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Centre for Social Impact.

Evolve Housing CEO Andrea Galloway said, “18 months ago we rebranded as Evolve Housing and began our journey to grow as an organisation and become a leading community housing provider. It started with articulating our purpose, vision and core values of our organisation and team. We also as an organisation developed a three year strategy that would deliver our purpose of being a major contributor to the relief of housing stress in Australia. In line with our core values it was critical that we changed the way we communicated with our residents, our stakeholders and our partners.  Entering the PWC Awards for the first time last year was a huge learning curve for us as we learnt about the critical path for true organisational transparency and we observed the high standard already set by other not for profits.”

For us the journey for organisational transparency is a continual one and critical in the measures of our success as an organisation and a not for profit. At Evolve Housing our team not only share but live our organisational core values each and every day, we are committed and passionate about what we do.

For more information:

Evolve Housing Media Release PwC Transparency Award April 2014

Download PwC press release: http://www.pwc.com.au/media-centre/2014/transparency-awards-apr14.htm

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Housing NSW amnesty for public housing tenants

Housing NSW has announced an amnesty to encourage public housing tenants to declare any previously undeclared income, assets and property ownership. The amensty does not apply to properties owned or managed by registered community housing providers.

The amnesty will run from 7 April until 31 May 2014. Tenants that declare during the amnesty will be protected from prosecution, they will not have to pay back rent or face eviction for not declaring income and financial assets.

The general public may also contact to provide information anonymously about suspected unauthorised additional occupants residing in public housing properties.

More detailed information on the amnesty is available on the Housing NSW website: http://www.housing.nsw.gov.au/ or download the Housing NSW Amnesty factsheet.

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Celebrating Seniors Week with our residents

Evolve Housing celebrated Seniors Week with an outing to Berowra Waters, an occasion which reunited long-lost friends Lishan, Maohui and Vera (pictured below).

At the outing, 27 senior residents had the opportunity to rekindle friendships over lunch. For husband and wife, Lishan and Maohui, they were surprised to see their close friend Vera, one of our senior residents, who they met 15 years ago. It was the first time they had seen Vera since losing contact five years ago.

“This is an example of the fantastic benefits that can eventuate from Evolve Housing being able to arrange outings such as this one,” said Bruce Stubbs, Chairperson of the Residents Council.

“I cannot wait for more activities,” said Vera.

To see photos from the day, visit our Evolve Housing Facebook page.

Our senior residents also received free tickets to the Seniors Week Premier’s Gala Concert, featuring international guest performers and Australian musicians.

“I became happier and got more knowledge and experience,” said Zhang.

“Attending a concert is something I would not normally do,” said Rosemary. “It improved my wellbeing and brings a sense of joy to life.”

 

 

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Free school holiday activity: Urban Jungle Adventure Park, 24 April

Our April school holiday activity is happening on Thursday 24th April at the Urban Jungle Adventure Park (Sydney Olympic Park).

Be sure to RSVP before Thursday 17th April by contacting our Community Engagement Team on 02 8862 1500. Hurry, spaces are limited!

 

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Grandview now complete: Platinum Livable Housing Design development in North Parramatta

Evolve Housing, in partnership with Northcott, are pleased with the completion of their person-centred home in North Parramatta (Grandview Street).

“Grandview”, since completion, has received its official Platinum Performance Level Certification. This development meets strict design guidelines whilst providing a disability support system that maximises opportunities for independence and participation in the economic, social and cultural life of the community. The user-friendly design features enhance the quality of life for people with a disability and will provide them with the opportunity to live independently as a single or with other people of their choosing.

The development consists of 1x 3 bedroom unit 1 x2 bedroom and 3 x 1 bedroom units; all independent of each other, and all fitted with its own kitchen, living area and bathroom. This complex allows those with a disability to live independently within the community whilst having access to onsite support services.

Unique features of the Grandview housing complex include an innovative design and support system:

  • Adjustable toilets, kitchen bench tops and wall cupboards
  • Common meeting areas used as a social meeting place
  • Lift service for those physically restricted
  • Northcott’s Computer Assistive Technology Service (CATS) that assists non-verbal people or those with other disabilities accessing technology. Some examples being text telephone or software that reads text in a generated voice for those visually restricted
  • Facilitated by Northcott informal on site and on-call innovative supported accommodation for people with severe or profound disability. Person(s) studying or working in related fields in return for providing on site support services will receive subsidised rent.

Evolve Housing and Northcott were the finalist for the category of innovation in independent living at the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards held in Sydney (September 2013). The awards ceremony recognised individuals and organisations who are actively providing services for persons, families and communities living with a disability.

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Mother’s Day Competition – Win a Hobbs Food Processor from Evolve Housing

Mother’s Day is coming up soon and we have a special competition for our Evolve Housing residents:

Disclaimer:

Evolve Housing will have the final decision in determining the winner and no correspondence will be entered into. Evolve Housing advises that all entrants take care in providing the correct contact details.

Condition of entry:

The entrant is giving Evolve Housing permission to reproduce in full or part the entry submission including written, illustrated or photographed format.

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Easter competition – win a family pass to the Royal Easter Show!

Join our Evolve Housing Easter Show Competition and you could win a family pass to the Royal Easter Show

 

 

Disclaimer:

Evolve Housing will have the final decision in determining the winner and no correspondence will be entered into. Evolve Housing advises that all entrants take care in providing the correct contact details.

Condition of entry:

The entrant is giving Evolve Housing permission to reproduce in full or part the entry submission including written, illustrated or photographed format.

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Our first 2014 edition ‘evolving news’ is here!

Inside the newsletter you will find information about exciting events coming up, helpful training courses and fun competitions.

PLUS!

• Fire safety tips for your home
• April school holiday activity at Urban Jungle Adventure Park
• How to win cash by paying your rent on time

Download a PDF copy of this newsletter

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Prime Time Connect – a new computers for seniors program

Evolve Housing has discounted computers and new iPads plus free computer training available to our Evolve Housing residents over 55 years of age. These brand new iPads and professionally refurbished laptops and desktops will be sold to residents at a 50% discount (with no interest) financed through our Evoloan scheme. With all packages comes one year limited internet access for a period of one year based on availability within your area.

Free computer training for our Evolve Housing senior residents will run for five weeks from 19th March to 16th April 2014 (9.20am-2.30pm) in our Parramatta headoffice. For more details call us 02 8862 1500 or PrimeTime Connect.

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Newly published: Evolve Housing Residents Handbook

We are pleased to publish our new Evolve Housing Residents handbook has been prepared to guide residents on all general matters about their tenancy. We hope that when residents first move into their home, they will find this handbook helpful in answering their questions. If you need to discuss anything in more detail, please contact your Housing Manager or call us on 02 8862 1599 or 1300 692 245.

To download and print a copy of our Residents Handbook, please click here: Residents Handbook (PDF).

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