ABC NEWS: Calls to put money into low cost housing rather than retirement savings

In the wake of the latest Gratton Institue report, ABC Newsreached out to CWH for a special feature discussing superannuation and housing affordability. The Gratton Institute report acknowledged the retirement incomes system is not working for some low-income Australians who rent, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne.  As reported by ABC low-income earners, particularly woman renting are most vulnerable to poverty in retirement. With 80% of older single woman renting this issue is widespread.  

The ABC segment featured one of our residents Jade who previously fell into this vulnerable category before accessing affordable housing. Our CEO Leonie King is also interviewed, calling for more diverse investment in Affordable housing from institutions such as superannuation and ethical investment funds. 

You can watch the segment HERE

2018 CWH AGM

On Thursday, December 6 we held the 24th CWH AGM at Customs House, Sydney. Our annual report was presented,

Chair Mike Rollo presented current and future strategic initiatives which have yielded strong results and promise a positive outlook for 2019 and beyond.

CEO Leonie King presented a review of the year highlighting areas of growth, the work we have undertaken and to answer any questions our shareholders had.

Rene McKenzie-Low, Head of Community and External Engagement, as well as a CWH resident from the CWH TV group, presented the launch of the new Community Impact Strategy. The document will help inform resident community engagement and community building in the future.

We farewelled Director Clare Petre after more than two years of service. Clare made an invaluable contribution to CWH, including her guidance in the Community Engagement and Housing Services Committee.

CWH also welcomed two new Directors Maree Walk and Diana D’Ambra, we wish them well in their tenure on the board.

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Pyrmont Network of Services (PUNS) networking event and workshop

CWH as a committee member of the Pyrmont Ultimo Network of Serves (PUNS), attended a networking event and workshop on the 22 and 23January. PUNS was founded in 2016 to work collaboratively to improve coordination and delivery of social services and programs to Ultimo and Pyrmont communities, and enable more effective and efficient use of available resources. 

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