Celebrating 10-years of Bethanie Peel and Dalyellup Community Housing.
This month, we celebrate 10 years of Bethanie Housing at our Peel and Dalyellup sites, our community housing service which provides senior West Australians with safe and affordable homes.
Here we interview Bethanie’s Manager of Housing, Sean Kelly, who has taken the time to share his thoughts on this important milestone.
Where was Bethanie’s first affordable housing site, and when was it opened?
Bethanie has actually been providing affordable housing options for seniors for much longer than 10 years. Joondanna was our first affordable housing site, developed all the way back in the 1950’s. This site holds a special place in Bethanie’s history, and provided a safe and secure home to so many senior West Australians over the past 70 years.
Bethanie Housing Limited (BHL) was officially formalised as a registered Community Housing provider in August 2009. But that was just paperwork! We really got started when we opened the doors to our Peel and Dalyellup complexes in 2011. This month, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of opening those doors, and the incredible things that have been achieved throughout that time.
BHL now operates 502 properties housing 600 people across the Perth metro, Peel and Bunbury regions.
Why is BHL important for Bethanie?
At Bethanie, we pride ourselves on creating strong communities as well as good quality homes. We know stronger communities means a better quality of life for all, and a more enriching ageing journey.
We are motivated to continue providing this service, as recent customer surveys have said that 93% of our tenants are satisfied with the quality of their home, 94% of tenants are satisfied with maintenance and repair services offered at each site and an incredible 97% of our customers are satisfied with the housing services we provide.
Who does BHL support?
We support senior Australians over the age of 55 with low or very low incomes with the provision of affordable, safe and warm homes and communities.
Alongside this, we provide tenancy management services, access to essentials through our broader network such as home care services, as well as chaplaincy services for emotional and spiritual support.
Why are our partner organisations integral to our growth?
We know that we cannot work in isolation, and if we are going to really support our tenants and the communities that they live in, we need to work alongside community groups, businesses and Governments.
We support community groups and small businesses who operate from our larger sites. These provide valuable community building activities, communal spaces and services that really help both our tenants, and the people who use the services. We engage with local schools and churches who come into our sites to celebrate important events throughout the year.
We work with local, state-wide and national support agencies such as the Palmerston Centre in Mandurah, St Vincent de Paul Society WA, Shelter WA, Australasian Housing Institute, PowerHousing, Ruah, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, the City of Mandurah, other Housing Providers and of course the Department of Communities. We work with like-minded organisations who want to provide positive change to our communities.
Any plans for the future of BHL?
It is our mission to positively change the way Australians experience ageing – every customer, every family, every community, every day. We have been warmly welcoming senior West Australians into safe homes for over 65 years, and plan on doing this for many years to come.
As such, BHL have a dynamic growth strategy to manage 1,000 homes by 2030; this means doubling in size. We will achieve this through concentrating on our mission, our customers and our people. Getting these things right will mean that we will have a successful and sustainable housing service into the future.
For more information on Bethanie Community Housing, or for more information on how to partner with us please visit our website at www.bethanie.com.au or call 131 151.