Mission

Our mission is to provide affordable, secure, financially and environmentally sustainable housing for people on low incomes, primarily in the South and East of Melbourne who are committed to cooperative democracy and engagement.

Services

The services provided by SouthEast define its reality as a housing co-op. SouthEast commits to ensuring its long term capacity to continuous improvement of all services.

Members

Members own and control their co-op and this is the essential characteristic of SouthEast. The board represents the members best through its obligation to be representative, accountable and transparent.

Co-operation

SouthEast is committed to the values of cooperation, voluntary membership, democratic control, autonomy & independence, co-op education and cooperation between co-ops.

ACOSSHousinglPeak community and housing groups have called on the Commonwealth Government to work with them to develop a national housing strategy. The groups include the Australian Council of Social Service, National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia and the National Association of Tenant Organisations.

The groups have released the publication An Affordable  Housing Reform Agenda which outlines reform priorities to achieve an efficient and affordable housing system - including public and private investment in new affordable housing stock, reform of urban planning and improved indexation of Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Three downloads are available from ACOSS - the statement Community xxperts release national plan to tackle housing affordability crisis, Summary An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda and Full Paper An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda.

http://www.acoss.org.au/media/release/community_experts_release_national_plan_to_tackle_housing_affordability_cri

MORRISONOn the 23 March 2015 the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison announced $230 million funding for homelessness services until 2017.

Funding priority will focus on women and children experiencing domestic and family violence and homeless youth under 18.

On the 23 March 2015 Homelessness Australia welcomed the announcement, supported the focus on women and children escaping violent situations and young people under 18 but expressed caution that this should not come at a cost to other groups - including rough sleepers and those leaving institutions and care.

According to the Homelessness Australia web site, 73% of the homeless are 19 years and older and 56% are male and 44% female.

Prior to the Minister's announcement, on the 19 March 2015, the Australian Senate's Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee issued an Interim Report Domestic Violence in Australia which called for the restoration  of approximately $583 million that the Australian Government had cut from  legal services, housing and homeless services and Department of Social Services grants.

TUDGEThe Australian Government has announced a cashless welfare trial.

The announcement was made by the Parliamentary Secretary to the prime Minister, Alan Tudge.

The card will not allow spending on alcohol or gambling and will apply to both indigenous and non-indigenous  people.

There will be consultation to determine where the trials will take place. Two key criteria will be (a) high welfare dependency and high harm  and (b) some leadership open to the trial.

The Greens have criticised  the trial as offensive to all Australians - that paternalistic and patronising policies do not work.

On the 23 March 2015 the Australian Council of Social Service rejected the cashless welfare card as ineffective and high cost.

A cashless welfare card was promoted by Andrew Forrest in his report - Creating Parity - The Forrest Review (2014). In calling for an end to paternalism, Mr. Forrest recommended a Healthy Welfare Card. In December 2014 a joint statement was issued by 37 groups declaring their opposition to the Healthy Welfare Card.

morrisonmcclureA New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes (February 2015) includes consideration of assistance with housing.

It is argued that: "Housing is essential to support employment, education, job search activation and health."

The report notes that Commonwealth Rent Assistance provides support for 1.3  million individuals and families in Australia to help pay the costs of private and community housing rental. Commonwealth Rent Assistance is not available to public housing tenants.

It is noted that Commonwealth rent Assistance is insexed to CPI but that private rents have been rising at a higher rate 54% instead of 31%.

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Location

SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd
Plaza Business Centre, the Hub, Level 3,
26 to 36 McCrae St. Dandenong 3175

Telephone: 03 9706 8005

Fax: 03 9706 8558

PO Box 7141 Dandenong Victoria 3175

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