Welcome to another edition of What’s Happening!
I can’t believe we are halfway through 2023, already! This year is certainly shaping up to be just as hectic as the last and that usually means good things here at YourPlace Housing.
A key focus for me has been revisiting our Strategic Plan. A lot has changed since it was finalised in 2020, and we were eager to ensure the plan still reflected our future goals, along with providing a clear picture of our vision, purpose and values. I’m happy to say that the new, more streamlined, plan has been developed thanks to input from our Board and staff, and you can find it on our website under About Us Strategic Plan.
Please get in touch if you have any feedback, it’s always welcome.
I am very pleased to report that the first stage of our redevelopment program in Elizabeth North is well underway and we have signed off on the site at Pasadena. On both sites we will build three brand new, two-bedroom houses. It’s great to see some significant progress at a time when housing supply is such a major issue in South Australia and across the country.
In my last update I mentioned some changes we had made to our maintenance team. Since then, we have welcomed a new Maintenance Officer, Mikaela Storti to the team. Mikaela has a lot of experience in property and maintenance, and we’re excited to have her join the team. If you haven’t already had a chance to speak to her, you most likely will next time you call us to register a maintenance matter. Mikaela will soon accompany our tenancy officers on a few home visits so she can meet some of you in person.
This is one of two newsletters that we will send out this year, with another one scheduled for November/December. While the newsletter is an important tool for communicating with our tenants, just like our website, we understand that it’s not for everyone. We are very keen to hear other ways you’d like to connect with us, so please make suggestions to your tenancy officer at your next inspection. It’s important we communicate with our tenants in a way that is comfortable for everyone.
It has been great to visit some of your homes this year and hear feedback about YourPlace and other matters affecting you. I know that cost of living is a real challenge at the moment, and I encourage you to pay attention to some of the articles in this newsletter about that.
All the best for the coming months and I’ll touch base in the next newsletter!