Welcome to SouthEast Housing Cooperative Ltd.
SouthEast Housing Cooperative (SouthEast) is a non-trading cooperative and the largest Rental Housing Cooperative in Victoria. 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.
SouthEast is governed by a Board of Directors elected democratically by members of the Cooperative, thus ensuring member/tenant control of the operation of the service, and a better understanding of tenant/members’ needs.
At SouthEast we believe that accessible, affordable and appropriate housing is not only important for the safety and security of individuals and families, it also forms part of the foundation on which we build strong sustainable communities. It is only with the experience of stable housing that people are able to put down roots in the local community, feel included, and be motivated to contribute to the society around them.
SouthEast was founded through the merger of the Ringwood/Croydon, Oakleigh and Frankston Cooperatives in 2000. They sought to consolidate community assets and ensure members would have control over an effective and efficient housing management structure. The new structure worked so well that the Moorabbin Rental Housing Cooperative became part of the organisation in 2004. Today, SouthEast owns and manages 14 properties and manages a further 152 properties for the Director of Housing.
SouthEast is based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Its members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness and social responsibility.
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