Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) had its beginnings in the Port Phillip Community Housing Program which was established by the former City of St Kilda in 1985. The purpose of the Housing Program was to provide secure, affordable and appropriate community rental housing for local residents with long-term links with the area and who were eligible for public housing. The catalyst for the Housing Program was the rapid closure of rooming houses and subdivision of blocks of rental flats in St Kilda. Compared with South Melbourne and Port Melbourne, St Kilda had a relatively low level of public housing and high levels of housing need. In 1986, the success of the Program led to the establishment of the St Kilda Housing Association to undertake property and tenancy management of its housing program projects.
In 1994 the former Cities of St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne amalgamated and became The City of Port Phillip Council and in 1996 the Council resolved to continue its direct provision and development of community housing. In 2001 the St Kilda Housing Association changed its name to the Port Phillip Housing Association to reflect its role across the amalgamated City of Port Philip.
In 2004 Council established the Port Phillip Housing Trust as the ownership vehicle for Council’s community housing assets to ensure ongoing financial and political sustainability in a gentrifying community. PPHA was appointed as Trustee and continues to own and manage the assets. At that time Council also committed to contribute $400,000 per year for 10 years in addition to an ongoing contribution of surplus land to the Trust for housing projects in the City of Port Phillip.
In 2005 PPHA gained Registration as a Housing Agency under the Housing Act 1983 and as one of a small group of registered agencies has access to capital growth funds from the State government for the development of community housing projects.
PPHA’s current property portfolio is valued at approximately $300 million.