Hume finishes 2016 on a high note

Western Sydney University Careers Expo

Hume Community Housing Association believes education is the key to choosing your destination, and attracting the right talent is imperative for the continued successful delivery of housing and support services to our customer base. For these reasons, Hume attended the Western Sydney University’s Social Work and Community Welfare Expo held on Friday 7th October 2016.

The Expo is one of a few annual, discipline-specific career expos organised by the university to provide their students with an opportunity to meet with employers and gain insight into their chosen profession.

In keeping with Hume’s values of being Champions of Change, Creators of Connectivity, Builders of Resilience and Determined to Succeed, Hume is committed to participating in and supporting the education and career development of people in our community. The Expo enabled Hume to meet with students, promote the community housing sector as a challenging and satisfying career path, discuss the opportunities within Hume as an organisation, promote Hume as a community housing employer and strengthen relationships with the university.

Anna Nguyen, Sarithya Tuy and Sririsay Vukovic acted as the representatives for Hume, speaking with students involved in a social work/community welfare/social science degree. A survey was also taken to gauge general awareness, resulting in 60 percent of students being aware of the community housing sector, which indicates that community housing has a great opportunity to further promote itself collectively to attract talent and raise awareness.

New developments

Hume is committed to designing and constructing developments to alleviate the increasing pressure on supply of affordable and social housing, with a development pipeline of social and affordable development projects totalling $50 million. Hume is also proud to deliver additional social and affordable housing to the Western Sydney market where housing affordability is a growing concern and challenge.

Construction continues on the Hamilton Road development, which will provide the Fairfield LGA with an additional 60 affordable units. On 31st October, Hume completed a first design and construct development, providing 21 social housing units in Guildford. (see image, right). The development has been completed to a high standard within budget and approximately four weeks ahead of schedule.

Work is nearing completion on our Warwick Farm development, with a number of customers planning to move into the complex shortly (see image, right). Warwick Farm is a mixed development of social and affordable housing townhouses, one of which is built as adaptable living.

Community Cohesion

With the help of over 40 partners, customers and staff, Hume officially launched a Community Cohesion Strategy at Glenroy Cottage, Claymore on 3rd November 2016. Greg Warren MP presented local residents with their Certificate of Achievement for completing the Mental Health First Aid Officer training.

Hume’s Community Cohesion Strategy has been developed to guide the achievement of vibrant, sustainable and cohesive communities. The strategy focuses on the customer’s social, recreational and economic needs, building independence and choice.

Central to the Community Cohesions Strategy is Hume’s focus on learning and employment. Hume links the attainment of education with the prospects and achievement of vocation, providing customers with pathways for employment, and enabling people to become financially stable and choose their own destination in alignment with NSW Government’s Future Directions policy.