Minister Opens Loddon Mallee Housing Services

Minister Opens Loddon Mallee Housing Services

Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell

A New Haven For Bendigo

Victor P Taffa

Housing Minister Wendy Lovell opened the new office for housing agency Loddon Mallee Housing Services (LMHS) during a visit to Bendigo today.

Ms. Lovell joined representatives of Loddon Mallee Housing and the City of Greater Bendigo, corporate supporters, Government agencies and LMHS clients to officially open the new building in Forest Street, Bendigo.

The agency will now be known as Haven, with the new building jointly owned by RSD Chartered Accountants.

“Today is not just a new dawn in the opening of the facilities for Loddon Mallee Housing in partnership with RSD, it is also a new dawn for a new public face and profile for Loddon Mallee Housing, now known as Haven.” Ms. Lovell said.

 

“Haven conveys simply all that has been Loddon Mallee Housing in its many guises since it began as Bendigo Emergency Housing more than 20 years ago, providing shelter, security and comfort for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.”

“I am proud to say that I have had a long and stimulating association with Loddon Mallee Housing as the Parliamentary representative for Northern Victoria and now, as one of my first public duties as Minister for Housing, I am delighted to be here at the beginning of a new phase for this inspirational organisation.” Ms. Lovell said.

Loddon Mallee Housing has operated under its current name and in its current form since 1998 and became the first Victorian housing agency to be registered as a not-for-profit housing association in May 2005.

In addition to housing services, Loddon Mallee Housing also provides aged care, disability services and mental health supports.

In recent years the agency has broadened its focus to other regions of Victoria, particularly Hume and Barwon South West. It owns and operates 650 long-term affordable rental homes across Victoria and has a total operating budget of $9.6 Million.

Loddon Mallee Housing is also an active participant in the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus social housing initiative, building 375 homes for lower income Victorians including 98 affordable housing units for single people and small families in Tram Road Doncaster.

This is on top of its delivery of 575 homes through the Victorian Government’s social housing growth program, including the significant Father Tucker development in Carrum Downs which will provide 100 new units for older Victorians.

“From today, Loddon Mallee Housing bursts into stronger growth as Haven; a new name, a new home and an even greater capacity to meet the continuing challenges of homelessness and disadvantage.” Ms. Lovell said.