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News | 15.09.20
The return home

If you use a wheelchair, you quickly work out the most welcoming and accessible areas when ...

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News | 14.09.20
COVID-19 has definitely brought the Exec. Team closer

Unison Acting CEO, James King recently contributed to the Victorian Community Housing Industry Association's special COVID-19 edition magazine. Here is his ...

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News | 10.09.20
Common Ground’s tenth anniversary

Common Ground is a 161 purpose built apartment building, based in the top end of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s design and development was based on the supportive housing model in New York ...

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News | 2.09.20
New life for an historic building and its residents

Works are well underway in Station Street Fairfield, on 38 modern self-contained affordable apartments for women. Unison is ...

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News | 11.08.20
Without them by my side

Lisa was selected to train with the Victorian Women’s Indoor Soccer Team in 1989. As a young woman playing a male dominated sport, you could say she helped lay the ...

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News | 6.08.20
The great disruption: How COVID-19 might help us to end homelessness

Opinion from Professor Guy Johnson, Director, Unison Housing Research Lab at RMIT University and James King, CEO Unison Housing.

We are at a critical turning point in ...

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News | 20.07.20
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Update

Unison continues to carefully monitor the current developments related to ...

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News | 16.07.20
Rapport and great relationships the key to success for Unison’s PRAP

Unison’s Private Rental Access Program (PRAP) supports low-income households to secure and maintain housing through brokerage, advocacy and outreach support. We have delivered the program in ...

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News | 10.07.20
Unison Winter Tenant Newsletter

Our Winter Tenant Newsletter is available now. 

We bring you a message from Unison’s ...

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News | 30.06.20
We wish the UNO community and our team members a fond farewell

Today is Unison’s final day at the UNO in Adelaide. We will pass the baton to community housing organisation, AnglicareSA Housing Limited as of tomorrow July 1.

We are extremely proud ...

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News | 24.06.20
Private Rental Access Program evaluation launched

With social housing in critically short supply and significant barriers preventing low-income households from accessing the private rental market, the lack of housing ...

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News | 23.06.20
The type of place that you hope for

The first thing that strikes you when you walk into Bk’s studio is the light.  Read more

News | 9.06.20
Kensington Network springs into action

Unison co-chairs the Kensington Community Network with long time partner, the Kensington ...

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News | 3.06.20
54 new affordable and contemporary homes in Melbourne West 

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News | 27.05.20
From backstage for the Rolling Stones to the Black Saturday fires; This is Eric's story.

Born in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Eric began work in sound, lighting and backstage with music venues, theatre, radio and television in 1970. Highlights ...

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News | 25.05.20
Supported accommodation for young people

Unison and Melbourne City Mission jointly authored an article in the  Read more

News | 19.05.20
Housing the homeless now and after the pandemic.

On any given night in Australia, over 100,000 people are experiencing homelessness of some kind. (ABS 2016 Census ...

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News | 18.05.20
Unison passes the UNO baton to AnglicareSA Housing Limited

After 8 years managing the mixed-use UNO Apartments in Adelaide’s CBD, Unison will pass the baton to community housing  Read more

News | 14.05.20
IDAHOBIT May 17

Sunday May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and ...

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News | 12.05.20
Unison Acting CEO joins CHIA Vic Board

Unison is delighted to announce Acting CEO James King has been appointed to  Read more

News | 28.04.20
Some great COVID-19 resources

There is some really informative and comprehensive COVID-19 information available. Here are a few websites we would like to share with you.

 

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News | 14.04.20
Youth Homelessness Matters to Us

April 15 marks Youth Homelessness Matters Day.  The day aims to not only raise awareness of this important issue, but to also support the dreams of homeless ...

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News | 1.04.20
Dorothy brings joy through crafts, connection and creativity.

Walking into Dorothy’s home, it is very easy to see that she is creative. Her lovely welcoming apartment has a gorgeous display of indoor plants, stylish ...

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News | 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Unison is carefully monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic to understand the impacts on our community, services and activities. Based on ...

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News | 25.03.20
Neighbour Day 2020

Neighbour Day is this Sunday March 29.

The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships and socially connect with the people who live around us, especially the elderly ...

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News | 23.03.20
Cultural Diversity Week March 21-29

Cultural Diversity Week is from March 21 to March 29.

Ordinarily it is a week of fabulous events and activities to ...

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News | 13.03.20
2020 Kensington CommUNITY Festival Postponed

In the interest of public health and based on guidance from Australia’s health authorities and Federal Government, Unison has decided to postpone the Read more

News | 28.02.20
Unison’s submission to Victoria’s first ever Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs launched the first ever inquiry into homelessness in Victoria. This Parliamentary Inquiry is a crucial step ...

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News | 12.02.20
Specialist Homelessness Services annual report confirms our daily experience

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services Annual Report 2018-19, on any given day in Australia:

  • 1,580 specialist homelessness ...

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News | 7.02.20
90+ self-contained homes in development

Did you know that Unison not only manages social and affordable housing but also builds more?

Our property development team works to increase the supply of affordable housing for ...

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News | 5.02.20
Brava Sandra. A community champion.

Sandra arrived at the Kensington public housing estate in the 80’s as a single mum with her young family. High rise, high density public housing living was new to Sandra. 

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News | 30.01.20
Join Unison’s Tenant Advisory Group today!

>> Are you 18 or over and have been a tenant with Unison for at least one year?
>> Do you want to help Unison deliver the best possible services to meet tenant’s ...

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News | 23.01.20
'Gong xi fa tsai' - Happy Chinese New Year

Gong xi fa cai (Happy Lunar New Year) to everyone celebrating, and we wish you, as the literal translation states, great happiness and ...

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News | 16.01.20
Christmas around our communities

Although Christmas is now a fading memory, it is lovely to keep the memories alive for just a little while longer.

We celebrated around our communities with barbecues, lunches and the ...

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News | 18.12.19
My home. My heaven.

Victoria says that she has been born 3 times.

The first time as a baby in Iraq. The 2nd time when she arrived safely in Australia as a refugee. The 3rd time when she moved in to her lovely ...

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News | 12.12.19
Our communities get festive

This time of year can be tough for people experiencing homelessness and those who are disconnected from family and who are socially isolated.

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News | 28.11.19
Unison's 2019 Annual Report available now

We are pleased to present Unison’s 2019 Annual Report.

This year’s report reflects the incredible work undertaken by our team in line with our strategic direction, values and ...

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News | 27.11.19
Life is good for Daya

Life can deal us some really tough blows and Daya has had his fair share.

Daya, originally from Sri Lanka, moved to Australia around 10 years ago and settled in Braybrook in ...

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News | 25.11.19
End Violence Against Women

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 

Violence against women and girls remains a pervasive problem worldwide with alarming figures ...

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News | 22.10.19
Frank Otis. A life of advocacy.

An artist and music buff with an impressive music collection, Frank, a resident at one of Unison’s properties, is a true community champion.

Frank has acted in local theatre ...

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News | 19.09.19
Who uses IAP services?

New research by the Unison Housing Research Lab has analysed the records of over 12,000 households that accessed Unison’s Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) ...

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News | 29.08.19
Unison Community Food Forest wins national award

We are delighted to announce that Unison’s Community Food Forest in Kensington won the National Leading Community Engagement Practice Award at the AHI 2019 Professional Excellence in Housing ...

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News | 26.08.19
Mother, Grandmother, Masters student and family violence survivor advocate. Andrea shares her story.

Andrea was a Unison transitional housing resident. She now lives in a stable, affordable home and is studying for her Masters in Criminology at RMIT, having completed her Law Degree.

But ...

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Media Release | 6.08.19
Should Australia have a law to prevent homelessness?

Melbourne, 6 August 2019 - MEDIA RELEASE

"Australia could reduce homelessness if we adopted the Welsh model of requiring governments to deliver prevention support," says Council to ...

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News | 1.07.19
The Thrive Community Newsletter is out!

We are pleased to share Unison's latest tenant newsletter. This edition is packed with updates from our Tenant Advisory Group, tips for keeping mould away this winter, the ...

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News | 26.06.19
Place Managers: helping our tenants feel at home

Meet Safiya and Darren – two of our staff members in the Unison Place Management team.

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News | 20.06.19
NAIDOC week: Let's build pathways to closing the gap

Unison acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we live and work on.

NAIDOC week, celebrated nationally July ...

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News | 30.05.19
Martin shares his story of a journey and a place

“My father was Luritja and a traditional Lore Man and mum was Arrente/Wurrununga. I am originally from Alice Springs, but have mostly lived in Adelaide from about six weeks of ...

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News | 28.05.19
State Government commits to more funding for PRAP

Unison welcomes the State Government’s commitment to extend funding to the Private Rental Assistance program (PRAP) which will assist over 6,000 Victorians in need.

Under the ...

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News | 22.05.19
AHI Award for the Kensington Community Food Forest

We are proud to have received the Leading Community Engagement Practice Award for our Kensington Community Food Forest project, at the recent AHI Victorian 2019 Professional Excellence in ...

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Media Release | 14.05.19
PRAP - the program ending homelessness before its starts

Melbourne, 14 May 2019 - In a tight housing market where public and social housing are in such short supply, we need to be looking towards the private rental market as a key part of the ...

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News | 13.05.19
Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating and we wish you a healthy and joyful May.

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News | 16.04.19
Youth Homelessness Matters to us

Youth Homelessness Matters Day on April 17 brings a focus to the plight of young people who are homeless or at risk of not having a safe and stable home.

More than 28, 000 young Australians ...

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News | 7.03.19
Moving into social housing not smooth for all, research shows

A new research report produced by RMIT and Unison Housing shows that the transition into social housing can be precarious for some people, with 43% of tenants exiting their social housing within ...

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News | 30.01.19
Unison Research Lab forum - Who stays and who leaves community housing, and why?

What makes some tenancies successful, whilst others fail? Which tenants are more likely to have exit early and for what reasons? How can we better support tenants to stay housed?

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News | 14.11.18
Unison first to sign up to the Victorian Housing Register

Unison is the first Housing Association to sign up to the Victorian Housing Register, a single central waiting list for people wanting to access public or community housing across ...

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News | 20.09.18
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 ...

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News | 7.08.18
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.

Professor of ...

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News | 25.07.18
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 ...

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News | 10.07.18
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 ...

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News | 27.06.18
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 ...

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Media | 12.06.18
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 ...

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News | 28.05.18
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 ...

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News | 9.05.18
Backyard Blitz!

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News | 2.05.18
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 ...

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News | 18.04.18
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 ...

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News | 17.04.18
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 ...

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News | 27.03.18
Everybody's Home

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 ...

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News | 20.03.18
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 ...

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News | 21.02.18
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 ...

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News | 31.01.18
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 ...

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News | 20.12.17
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 ...

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News | 20.12.17
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 ...

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News | 20.12.17
Annual Report 2017

Link to our Annual Report 2017 and read about our first year as Unison, the breadth of our services and ...

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News | 29.11.17
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 ...

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News | 26.09.17
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 ...

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News | 11.09.17
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 ...

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News | 4.09.17
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 ...

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News | 22.08.17
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 ...

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News | 14.08.17
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 ...

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News | 7.08.17
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 ...

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News | 31.07.17
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 ...

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News | 10.07.17
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 ...

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News | 5.07.17
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 ...

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News | 3.07.17
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 ...

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News | 3.07.17
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 ...

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News | 1.06.17
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 ...

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Media | 29.05.17
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 ...

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News | 24.05.17
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 ...

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Media | 15.05.17
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

Media | 12.05.17
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 ...

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News | 8.05.17
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 ...

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Media | 27.03.17
CEO talks affordable housing on ABC's Lateline

Unison CEO Michael Perusco recently appeared on ABC's Lateline to talk affordable housing. Watch the program here.

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Media | 12.03.17
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 ...

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Media | 2.03.17
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

Media | 23.02.17
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 ...

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Media | 10.02.17
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

News | 31.01.17
Unison Launches!

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 ...

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