Community Housing Limited (CHL) today held an afternoon tea for tenants and community members to officially launch its new relocated office at 84 Belgrave St Kempsey.
During November, 1400 social housing properties in Kempsey, Nambucca Heads and Port Macquarie will transfer management to Australia’s largest not for profit housing provider CHL.
The change of management under the NSW Government’s Social Housing Management Transfer Program will greatly increase and improve the services for those in the community at risk of homelessness.
CHL state manager Lucy Burgmann was at the opening and said the new office will allow CHL staff to have direct contact with tenants in the Macleay Valley.
“We’ve been serving the Kempsey community for a long time, but actually having a physical presence here in the community will allow us to help more tenants and improve our services,” she said.
“We’re very excited to be here on site which will allow us to further help members of the community.”
Along with tenancy and property management, CHL will also take responsibility for managing applications for social housing and private rental assistance in the area and will play a leading role in coordinating the housing and homelessness support options for those in need.
Deputy Mayor Ashley Williams was also at the opening and said having organisations such as CHL in the community is beneficial.
“I think it’s important to have CHL in Kempsey and the area,” Cr Williams said.
The launch included a traditional smoking ceremony, light refreshments and the unveiling of local Aboriginal artwork created by Uncle John Kelly.
Everyone at the opening helped contribute to the artwork by creating a colourful hand print on tiles that will be placed under the artwork.
“If we want to serve the Kempsey community then we really need to be here to do that. We’re excited to be here,” Ms Burgmann said.