Together with Westside Housing Association, Portway Housing Association and representatives of the City of Charles Sturt, Unity Housing recently partnered on a project designed to improve the safety, liveability, enjoyment and standards of tenants’ homes in a group of Pennington strata units.
To better understand the issues facing tenants at this site, a Talk and Tidy day was held on Wednesday 8th November. A free skip bin was made available for tenants to dispose of any unwanted items, as well as a barbecue lunch to provide an unintimidating forum for tenants to talk to staff from housing providers and Council.
Tenants were asked what they feel are common problems in the area and what solutions would be appropriate. The process was tenant-led, with staff engaging tenants in discussions and teasing out information, as well as potential solutions, from the information that was disclosed in this casual gathering.
In particular, notes were made on a large map of the area so problems perceived by tenants could be addressed in a manner that sees housing providers and Council working alongside the tenants to create solutions that will be useful to their lives, homes and tenancies.
Some improvements have already been made. These include establishing a pedestrian crossing across Torrens Road, removing graf ti at the bus stop, replacing rubbish bin lids at the bus stop and repairing uneven footpath surfaces.