Statement from the Board: Unison CEO
The Unison Board has accepted the resignation of CEO Jack Panton.
Mr. Panton has said in a message to Unison staff, stakeholders and clients:
“I care deeply about the work that Unison undertakes and have enjoyed my time ...read more
Homelessness Week August 6 - 12, 2018
During Homelessness Week we are reminded of the sad fact that homelessness is on the increase and affordable housing is increasingly out of reach for many vulnerable people.
More seniors experiencing housing instability
The number of older people in rental stress has jumped 42% in the last 5 years. Imagine ageing without a secure place to call home?
Yet another reason we need governments to invest in social housing.
Read more about this distressing ...read more
NAIDOC Week July 8-15
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all ...read more
ABC News Breakfast features the Kensington Urban Food Forest
The Kensington Urban Food Forest featured on ABC News Breakfast this week.
The Food Forest launched last November, is the first community food forest in the City of Melbourne. It is nurtured by residents from our Kensington ...read more
Affordable housing slump in Wyndham
As one of the largest providers of housing and homelessness services in the west, Unison knows all too well there is a shrinking pool of affordable rental in the area.
Unison's CEO Jack Panton provides disturbing figures on the housing ...
Unison pays respect to traditonal owners and our shared history
This year the theme of National Reconciliation Week, is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. In the spirit of the week, we wish to highlight the traditional owners of the lands on which we work, and on whose lands we have built ...read more
Unison continues to bring the housing affordability issue to light
Unison's CEO Jack Panton and Head of Strategy and Communications Sarah Toohey, recently featured across a number of media channels highighting the growing youth homelessness issue and the dire need for more affordable and permanent homes for ...read more
Youth Homelessness Matters
Today is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Almost 40% of people who are homeless in Victoria are under 25 and we are acutely aware of this escalating and shameful issue as a primary access point in Melbourne’s west.
Our youth focused ...read more
Unison appoints new CEO
Unison is pleased to announce that Jack Panton has commenced as Chief Executive Officer. Jack comes to Unison with over 15 years of property development and investment experience in private industry, government and Not For Profit sectors. Most ...read more
Our complex and unbalanced housing system means many people are missing out.
Homes are out of reach for too many Australians, either to buy or rent. Competition for rental properties is driving rental insecurity. There is a chronic ...read more
Census homeless stats tell the same old story
The recently released ABS Census data shows an 11% increase in homelessness since 2011. The data reveals there has been an 8.3% increase in the number of females who are experiencing homelessness, and a 23% increase in Victorians aged ...read more
A letter to us from Erika
Recently we received a wonderful letter from a tenant and community champion, who in addition to a whole host of community initiatives, organises a delicious Christmas lunch for the tenants at Kensington. Here is her letter.
I am ...read more
Unison is one year old!
Twelve months ago Yarra Community Housing and Urban Communities joined up to become Unison. The past 12 months have flown by and we thank our staff for their continued commitment, energy and contribution to our young organisation.
We ...read more
Community gardens are pretty special
We have some wonderful gardens across our communities where our residents can grow, harvest and cook fresh healthy produce. Many of these gardens are in partnership with other like minded organisations. Condell Growers and Sharers in Fitzroy and ...read more
New homes for Wyndham's rough sleepers
Unison is a member of the H3 Wyndham Alliance, made up pf nine local agencies and the Wyndham City Council. The Alliance has been established to address housing vulnerability by increasing housing supply, provding support and ...read more
Life memberships and staff awards presented at the Unison AGM
Unison's inaugural AGM was held Thursday November 23 at RMIT's Design Hub. Wurundjeri Elder, Perry Wandin performed the Welcome to Country and Jane Evans (Unison Chair), Barry Diamond (Unison Finance, Audit, Compliance Committee ...read more
Ready to grow
Our McIntyre Drive Altona residents are ready and waiting for the warm Spring sunshine (aren’t we all!) to help grow fresh food in their new planter boxes.
The planter boxes were installed as part of recently secured funding for the ...read more
Proportion of affordable housing in new builds needs to increase
We are in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. It is crucial the percentage of affordable housing in new developments increases. Read about one tenant's experience and CEO Michael Perusco's comments to ABC News read more
We vote YES
Unison’s vision is Communities that Thrive. A key ingredient to achieving this vision is that all people are treated fairly and without discrimination and we recognise the value of all of us. Our business supports marriage ...read more
Urban Food Forest
Unison has partnered with local permaculture practitioner Jacqui Van Heerden with funding provided by the City of Melbourne to create an Urban Food Forest, providing a food garden and active community space at Unison’s Kensington ...read more
Over 55's move to high priority social housing wait list
The Victorian State Government will move 7,000 people over 55 to the high priority social housing wait list and have promised to provide 6,000 new homes to help reduce the State's growing list of people needing housing. read more
Homelessness Week 7-13 August
Unison is one of the largest organisations in Melbourne's West assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with housing support.
Homelessness Week is coordinated by Homelessness Australia (HA) and is used to raise ...read more
Research team member appointed
Unison is very pleased to advise Dr Juliet Watson has been appointed to the position of Lecturer in Urban Housing and Homelessness and the Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab at RMIT University.
Unison has established ...
Unison Tenant Advisory Group Convenor announced
Congratulations Frank Otis on being named Unison’s Tenant Advisory Group (TAG) convenor. TAG ensures we get feedback and ideas directly from our residents in order to continuously improve how we best meet the needs of tenants. Frank ...read more
New homes available
We have completed the purchase and settlement of 17 much needed social housing properties through the Victorian State Government's Rapid Housing Assistance Fund. We managed to purchase an additional home on top of our funding for 16.
The ...read more
Naidoc Week 2-9 July 2017
NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Find out more ...read more
Wheeler Centre discusses homelessness
Unison CEO Michael Perusco recently joined a panel discussion at The Wheeler Centre regarding the complex problems of homelessness and housing solutions. Erica, a Unison resident also gave first hand experience of the importance of ...read more
Public Housing Renewal Program
Unison welcomes the Victorian Government's commitment to the Public Housing Renewal Program, which will involve the redevelopment of eight public housing estates across metropolitan Melbourne. The program will use the redevelopments to ...read more
Build-to-rent developments offer long term stability for renters
Long term leases may soon be available in renter-only buildings in Melbourne. Replicating the US and UK models, properties are held as rentals rather than on sold by developers. We believe that with more quality rental supply can come ...read more
Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June
National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and a time for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in the journey towards reconciliation.
The week is framed by two key ...read more
Mixed communities make good sense
A mix of social, affordable and market priced homes makes good sense all round. Our Kensington community is a 6.5ha example of a community for all, irrespective on income types. Read read more
What the 2017 Federal Budget means for housing and homelessness
Michael Perusco, CEO and RMIT's Professor Guy Johnson, inaugural chair of Urban Housing and Homelessness discuss what the recent Federal budget means for housing and homelessness. Professor Johnson leads the Unison Housing Research ...read more
6000+ turn out in force at the Kensington CommUNITY Festival
Attendance records were broken at the recent 10th Kensington CommUNITY Festival led by Unison. The purpose of the Festival throughout its 10 years has been to celebrate, engage and showcase the local community with activities that ...read more
Mixed communities offer affordable housing for those in the "middle market"
Ineligible for social housing, unable to buy or rent at market rates, affordable housing in a welcoming community provides a home for people like Unison resident Janie. Unison's CEO Michael Perusco explains how Unison's mixed ...read more
Western suburbs tragedy for people sleeping rough
The death of 3 people sleeping rough in the western suburbs has highlighted that homelessnes in the CBD is just the tip of the iceberg. Read more read more
Vic. Govt. affordable housing policy welcomed
The Victorian Government's recent housing affordability policy announcement to act as guarantor for social housing development projects will allow housing organisations to leverage private sector funding and stimulate innovation and increase the ...read more
Affordable properties disappearing for those on low incomes
An ongoing demand for affordable rental properties for average Melbourne renters is squeezing those on low incomes out. Read more read more
Yarra Community Housing and Urban Communities Limited have merged and on 1 February 2017 the new organisation will start operations as Unison!
As Unison, we will build on the strengths of our two organisations to provide ...