Press Releases

HOMES4LIFE (H4L) IN ASSOCIATION WITH COAST2BAY HOUSING GROUP AND SYNAPSE OPENS ITS DOORS TO A NEW DISABILITY HOUSING FACILITY ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

An HIA award winning purpose built accommodation facility, for those living with disabilities, has opened its doors on the Sunshine Coast.

AUSMAR Assist (Design and Construction) in conjunction with Coast2Bay Housing Group (Housing Provider) and Synapse (Care Support Provider) partnered to make the facility a reality. Four people with disability are now receiving support to live independent lives in a safe and accessible purpose built environment.

The innovative Ausmar Assist H4L design was developed after extensive consultation with individuals living with disability and their families giving them fully accessible living in the built form.  H4L commenced as an AUSMAR Assist initiative and is also designed to closely align to the model for accommodation proposed under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme where the role of landlord is separated from the role of care support.

PRESS RELEASE

April 2017

RISE PROJECT – Coast2Bay Housing Group and Zonta Club of Caloundra

$90,000 in 90 days fundraising drive

RISE – Restart In Safe Environment was a combined initiative of Coast2Bay Housing Group and the Zonta Club of Caloundra.

The RISE project fully funded the building of two short-term accommodation facilities for women and children escaping domestic violence. These are based at the Southern end of the Sunshine Coast.   Once families are stable and able to manage their circumstances they are then assisted to transition to community or market housing to re-start their lives.

In addition to the construction and ongoing management of a women’s refuge, Zonta Caloundra supports education strategies and advocates for programs to assist perpetrators to modify their behaviours. Kelly Callaghan from Zonta Caloundra said “the long term welfare of children is of primary importance in seeking to move families to a safer environment”.

CEO of Coast2Bay Housing Group, Andrew Elvin said he “was delighted that fundraising and donations combined achieved the goal of $90,000 in 90 days to complete the project and we look forward to welcoming our first tenants in June”.

For further information please contact Coast2Bay Housing Group on 07 54512952

Andrew Elvin

Chief Executive Officer

PO Box 324 (Level 1 Centenary Square, 52 – 64 Currie St) Nambour  Qld  4560

p:  07 5451 2900 f:  07 5451 2909 m: 0488 556 113

e:ceo@coast2bay.com.au

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PRESS RELEASE

June 2016

Coast2Bay Advocating for Housing Issues in the Federal Election Campaign

Coast2Bay Housing Group has invited candidates in the Federal Election campaign to meet and discuss the need for more community and affordable housing for rent across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.

Coast2Bay Housing Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Elvin said

“We have been advocating for policy reforms and changes in community and affordable housing during the Federal election campaign. I have met with a number of candidates from both main political parties to ensure that the needs of our region are fully understood “

The organisation has supported the national Vote Home campaign that seeks reforms that

  • Secure greater Government investment in more community and affordable housing,
  • Develop  a better national homelessness strategy,
  • Introduce more effective tax incentives that will better target investment in rental housing,
  • Increase the Commonwealth Rent Assessment and
  • Address the shortfall in appropriate housing options for those living with a disability.

Andrew said  “I have gained a commitment from most candidates to pursue these issues if elected. This is very good news. I am hopeful that the next Federal parliament will take these issues forward with some urgency for the communities across Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions”.

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Pictured below on left Andrew Elvin CEO with candidate Susan Lamb (ALP). Pictured on right (Left to Right) Stephen Bennett MP, Helen Glanville (C2B Director) Andrew Wallace (LNP) and Andrew Elvin CEO Coast2Bay

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PRESS RELEASE

May 2016

Queensland Government – working together for better housing and sustainable communities discussion paper

Coast2Bay Housing Group welcomes the opportunity to participate in discussing the future housing strategy for Queensland. Coast2Bay Housing Group has risen to the challenge issued by Minister Mick de Brenni to help shape the future housing strategy for Queensland. Twenty contributors drawn from tenants, staff and directors attended the community forums held at Burpengary (Moreton Bay) and Kawana (Sunshine Coast) on Friday 13 May 2016.

Coast2Bay Housing Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Elvin said

“The Minister is making the right moves to shape a strategy for housing in Queensland for the next ten years. Our tenants and staff welcome the opportunity to share ideas directly with him and discuss possible solutions to meet the needs in our region. The Minister has taken a leading role in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders on this important issue for Queenslanders – he is to be congratulated on his approach”

Housing rental affordability and access to housing for those most in need are critical issues for ordinary Australians living in our region. Coast2Bay is seeking to support the discussion by contacting all tenants and investors to encourage them to take part by through the ‘Working Together’ survey.  More information on the discussion paper can be found at

www.qld.gov.au/housing.

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Coast2Bay Housing Group Tenants – meeting and discussing housing issues with Minister Mick De Brenni – Community Consultation Events – May 13 2016

 PRESS RELEASE

April 2016

Community Housing Providers for Queensland – Ministerial Meeting

Coast2Bay Housing Group Chief Executive Andrew Elvin attends a high level discussion with Minister Mick de Brenni along with other executives from the industry body Community Housing Providers for Queensland on 6 April 2016.

Coast2Bay Housing Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Elvin said

“The Minister is taking unprecedented steps to engage with Community Housing Providers as he moves to develop a ten year strategy for housing in Queensland. He has already visited Coast2Bay Housing group at its head office in Nambour. The Minister is keen to understand the complex issues in meeting the needs of Queenslanders and addressing the crisis the housing rental affordability. He is committed to discussing future ideas and innovations with tenants, the community and industry professionals. I am looking forward with colleague Chief Executives to working with the Minister and his staff team through this process”.

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For more information on Community Housing Providers for Queensland visit

www.chpsforqld.org.au

PRESS RELEASE

March 2016

Local Government Elections – March 19 2016

Seeking support to address the crisis in  Housing Affordability that impacts ordinary Australians on the Sunshine Coast.

As the largest registered Community Housing Provider in our region, Coast2Bay Housing Group has written to all candidates for Mayor and Councillor roles across the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Noosa Council areas advocating for the issue of community and affordable housing.

Coast2Bay Housing Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Elvin said

“Housing affordability is a critical issue for ordinary Australians living in our region. It is having an impact on the cohesiveness of our communities and has the potential to put a brake on economic development. A more innovative and sustainable solution is required – one that involves local councils working in partnership with other levels of Government and the Community Housing sector”.

Candidates are asked to comment and commit themselves to take this issue forward during the campaign and, if successful, in their future role as an elected representative.

 

My Community Kitchen Rules

Published in My Sunshine Coast website : 26th of February 2016

Charity & Not For Profit Food & Wine University & TAFE

A Sunshine Coast community nutrition program is providing community housing tenants with an opportunity to cook nutritious meals and learn about healthy eating from two local student dietitians.

Coast2Bay Housing Group, the Sunshine Coast’s largest not-for-profit community housing provider, has partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre to give locals an opportunity to learn healthy ways to cook their favourite foods whilst gaining skills including reading food labels, shopping on a budget and portion sizes to promote good health.

The program is funded by Coast2Bay Housing Group and delivered by two 4th-year Nutrition and Dietetics students from the University of the Sunshine Coast who are on a six-week workplace integrated learning placement.  This is the third phase of the project but it is the first time it has been delivered in a commercial kitchen setting, owing to the support of the of Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, which kindly donated the use of its commercial kitchen.

“The cooking workshops are providing the tenants with cooking skills and nutrition knowledge but there is also an increased sense of community connectedness and capacity building arising through their experiences of cooking and sharing a meal together” USC student dietitian, Renee Curran reports.

One of the participants said, “My wife used to do all the cooking but I live on my own now so I need to learn how to cook for myself.  I can make spaghetti bolognese but I learnt to make it with lots of grated veggies, which is even better.  Next week we are learning to read food labels, so that should be good”.

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Less Stress on the Home Front

Caboolture News, January 6, 2016

Today the Caboolture-Bribie Island branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross, a Catholic Men’s Group is joining with Coast2Bay Housing Group to deal with the modern day reality of extreme housing stress in Caboolture for those on very low incomes.

Twenty nine individuals and family members in accommodation managed by Coast2Bay Housing Group will benefit from gifts totaling $5,000 to directly help with their housing needs. Two families previously living on a caravan site will receive essential furniture for their new home including beds and mattresses for their disabled children. Another family finally able to get long term housing will have their removal costs paid for. Another elderly woman in her mid 70’s will receive financial support. A young couple, facing extreme hardship and expecting a baby in just a few weeks, will have the costs of a driving licence and driving lessons covered to allow the father to get a job and provide for his family in the New Year. Other families have been given debt relief from outstanding repairs to their home that they have been unable to fully meet.

The CEO of Coast2Bay Housing Group Andrew Elvin, explained

“many families face extreme hardship in meeting the cost of sustaining their housing in Caboolture due to their circumstances. For them meeting these costs and navigating past barriers to find a home or keep a home is a real challenge. I am so grateful for the generosity of the local branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross for their foresight in helping tackle the issue of housing affordability and housing stress in Caboolture for those on the lowest incomes”. 

Brian Berge Chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross in Caboolture said

“we hold small fund raising events for the whole year to provide help and support to families in need. Our work is designed to make life in the community more bearable. We thank those who have supported us.  Unfortunately it seems there is still ‘no room’ for many facing housing stress this Christmas, these funds will help to address this. The suggestion to approach Coast2Bay Housing came from Mark Ryan MP and I am delighted we have been able to make a contribution towards supporting those in greatest need through this partnership”.  

Coast2Bay Housing Group is currently seeking additional donations for its work to address housing stress in Caboolture and its capital appeal for $100,000 to finalise a $0.65 million project to build a new women’s refuge in 2016 for those escaping domestic and family violence in the region.

To donate contact Ian Ford at Coast2Bay Housing Group on 5451 2960.

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Rental Crisis Looming As Costs Soar

Sunshine Coast Daily, November 24, 2015

By NICKY MOFFAT

Sunshine Coast Daily article – 24 November 2015

New Appointment Andrew Elvin – Chief Executive Officer

October 2015

Andrew ElvinCoast2Bay Housing Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Elvin MA BA (hons) to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Andrew has 25 years experience as a chief executive, executive, manager and development consultant in the not for profit, government, human services, health, community housing, mental health, aged care and disability sectors in the UK and Australia.

His extensive international knowledge of community housing models and practice gained from his work as a Board Director of three community housing providers, and his experience in developing and implementing ground-breaking community led programmes have received wide recognition.

Andrew also has a first class Masters Degree in Criminology and Social Policy from Middlesex University (UK) and extensive experience in working across many social policy areas to create effective social inclusion.

Andrew said ‘It is an honour to take over the role as CEO of Coast2Bay Housing Group, it is a delight to hear the personal stories and experiences of those who have found an affordable place to live .For me to be personally involved in providing support to make an affordable home a reality for many, brings a great sense of personal fulfilment’

Andrew came into the role when national data from Shelter shows the crisis in rental affordability across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions. Commenting upon this  Andrew said ‘I see it a real priority to do more to raise awareness about the rental crisis issue and promote solutions that can meet the needs of individuals and families who need Community and Affordable housing in our region’

Chairman of the Board Gordon Sutherland said

‘We are confident Andrew’s diverse background of experience will be suited to the challenges of his new role with Coast2Bay Housing’

Andrew will commence his new role from October 2015.

That Extra Cover Counts

Noosa News, July 16, 2015
By JOLENE OGLE

AS Noosa shivers its way through the coldest temperatures in five years, more than 1500 people will sleep rough throughout the shire and Sunshine Coast this season.Noosa News article - 16 July 2015
To help make life on the streets just a little more comfortable for those in need and to mark Homelessness Prevention Week from 3-9 August, Coast2Bay Housing along with Homelessness
Australia, will host a connection day for anyone facing or experiencing homelessness on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa shire.
The Homeless Connect day on 6 August is a coast-wide initiative that brings together anyone experiencing or facing homelessness with services from across the Sunshine Coast and Noosa shire gathering at Quota Park, Matthew Street, Nambour, on Thursday 6 August, from 9-noon.
On the day, anyone in need can access housing, health and support services, financial counselling and legal services.
There will also be free haircuts, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids as well as a massive giveaway of collected and donated items to help make winter more comfortable.
Nambour Community Centre (NCC) is one of the many community groups to join the Homeless Connect Day and will this year collect new socks and underwear to donate to those in need.
NCC co-ordinator Mark Wischnat said the centre was excited to be able to help those facing or experiencing homelessness by offering new socks and underwear for collection on the day.
Donations of new socks and underwear in any size and shape can be donated through the Noosa Today office, 36 Mary Street, Noosaville, until 5 August.
All donations will be taken to the Nambour Community Centre for distribution at the Homeless Connect day on 6 August.

New Homeless Shelter Wins Housing Award

April 27 2015

JUST four months after opening the doors to its homeless shelter, Daliya House, Coast2Bay has won an Australasian Housing Institute Award for Excellence in Housing.

The award recognises Coast2Bay as Queensland’s leading housing development project.

As reported in the Daily, Nambour’s Daliya House was celebrated for its innovative approach when it opened last year.

A trial facility that provided accommodation and support to homeless people living with non-acute mental illness, it supported eligible individuals along their road to recovery in a safe, supported environment.

The facility was more than a shelter and worked with people to identify and develop longer term housing pathway and connected them to mental health support services.

Coast2Bay Housing Group worked in partnership with Lutheran Community Care, Sunshine Coast Medicare Local, Partner in Recovery and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services to create Daliya House.

Daliya House

New facility provides accommodation solution for people with mental illness

December 5 2014

THE original Christmas story began with there being no room at the inn but this year, a team of mental health organisations on the Coast is opening Daliya House, which offers short-stay community accommodation for clients with severe and persistent mental illness facing homelessness.

Morrie Evans, CEO of Coast 2 Bay Housing, one of the partners that got this initiative off the ground says, “Daliya House will provide stable short-term accommodation for patients who may not have a home to return to upon release from hospital. The facility also offers assessment and treatment support and on-site carer accommodation. Daliya House will act as an exit point from hospital, and provide assistance with employment support, welfare services, ongoing mental health care and of course, a permanent accommodation solution.

Providing access to coordinated support to access to these services assists people with severe mental illness to return to the community and reduce the likelihood that they will require rehospitalisation due to their condition.

“The facility will deliver a solution which is at a substantially lower cost than the existing price per hospital bed required, and it is hoped the three year trial will serve as a pioneer for other similarly innovative solutions elsewhere.

“People experiencing homelessness and mental illness may face extended stays in inpatient hospital care, as there have been few safe accommodation alternative for homeless people to be discharged to. This situation puts pressure on the availability of much-needed mental health inpatient facilities. By providing additional resources through Daliya House, we can improve access to mental health inpatient beds within the hospital service.”

Uncle Henry Neill, an Indigenous Outreach Worker from Sunshine Coast Medicare Local says, “’Daliya’ is a word in the local Gubbi Gubbi language that means “stay a little while” as the accommodation at Daliya House provides support and housing for a little while, until the clients get back on their feet.”

Daliya House is an initiative of Partners in Recovery and will draw upon funding and a wealth of experience from various organisations in alliance to provide both the property and tenancy management, and the support services required to assist tenants along their rehabilitation journey.

 

Innovative program to support people at risk of homelessness

8 August 2014

As Homeless Persons’  Week draws to a close, an innovative new project that will improve housing outcomes for people with severe mental illness is coming to fruition.

A partnership between Sunshine Coast Medicare Local, Partners in Recovery, Lutheran Community Care, Coast2Bay Housing Group and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is establishing short-stay community accommodation, to enable clients with severe and persistent mental illness and accommodation issues where they can receive support to access the services they require following discharge from hospital, or to reduce the likelihood that they will require hospitalisation.

SCML CEO, Mrs Pattie Hudson says,

People at risk of homelessness sometimes have difficulty linking with mental health care coordination services and consequently may not receive the assistance they need in a timely manner.

This service will provide temporary accommodation to patients who don’t have a home to return to upon discharge from hospital. While in the accommodation, they will be provided with a support facilitator who will help them to access the necessary services such as employment support, welfare services, ongoing mental health care and of course, a permanent accommodation solution.

Having access to these services will mean they are less likely to require rehospitalisation due to their condition. By ensuring that people are supported to transfer to an appropriate facility once their condition is no longer acute, this initiative will improve access to mental health acute inpatient beds within the hospital service. People at risk of homelessness sometimes have difficulty linking with mental health care coordination services and consequently may not receive the assistance they need in a timely manner. This service will provide temporary accommodation to patients who don’t have a home to return to upon discharge from hospital.

While in the accommodation, they will be provided with a support facilitator who will help them to access the necessary services such as employment support, welfare services, ongoing mental health care and of course, a permanent accommodation solution. Having access to these services will mean they are less likely to require rehospitalisation due to their condition.

By ensuring that people are supported to transfer to an appropriate facility once their condition is no longer acute, this initiative will improve access to mental health acute inpatient beds within the hospital service.

According to a 2005 review conducted for the Australian Department of Health,

lack of employment opportunities, limited housing options, stigma and discrimination associated with having a mental illness may contribute to the risk of homelessness, while also being a consequence of the homeless state.

Mrs Hudson continues,

While it is important to note that most homeless people do NOT experience mental illness, evidence certainly indicates that “homeless populations have a much higher prevalence of schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders than the general population.

By addressing this need for people with mental illness who are at risk of homelessness, this initiative will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”