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 ...read more
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 ... read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
Join Unison’s Tenant Advisory Group today!
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'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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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.
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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) ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
Place Managers: helping our tenants feel at home
Meet Safiya and Darren – two of our staff members in the Unison Place Management team.
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating and we wish you a healthy and joyful May.read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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?
Unison ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...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.
Professor of ...read more
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...read more
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...