PPHA delivers 73 new affordable homes in Box Hill

PPHA will team up with the Whitehorse City Council and property developer MAB Corporation (MAB) to deliver 73 brand new architect-designed, affordable homes for low income residents. 


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Redevelopment of The Regal

March 9, 2018 - Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) is pleased to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s approval of the funding package for PPHA to upgrade and re-purpose its rooming house accommodation facility in Little Grey Street.

PPHA Chief Executive Officer Haleh Homaei said: “The upgrade of the Regal accommodation facility is a great outcome – delivering a sustainable long-term future for this property, as well as maintaining our capacity to support vulnerable people in the St Kilda community.

“Our aim has always been to provide a long-term solution for our residents and for this area of St Kilda.

“The upgrade project will commence with the orderly and compassionate transition relocation of the remaining 28 tenants at this property to suitable accommodation elsewhere - a process we will handle as quickly as possible, but with care and consideration.

“Our housing officers will work closely with our tenants and other support service providers to make this transition successful for each of them.

“This process will be completed as soon as possible, after which the building will be converted from rooming house-style accommodation to secure, self-contained, one-bedroom apartments for women over the age of 55, who are increasingly in need of good accommodation close to facilities in St Kilda.

PPHA Chair, Frank O’Connor said the organisation was delighted the Government had approved the funding to allow PPHA to help deliver a sustainable, long term accommodation outcome for St Kilda.

“These decisions are not made overnight,” Mr. O’Connor said. “They take a lot of thought and hard work and I congratulate the Government, Housing Minister Martin Foley and our Chief Executive and the management team, on their persistence and focus, particularly in recent weeks and months. These are complex issues.”

Ms. Homaei said: “We know our neighbours have been worried about safety and security in this part of St Kilda in recent months. They were also concerned whether enough was being done. But we have been working very hard.

“We will be working collaboratively with other housing agencies and support service providers and will continue to liaise very actively with Victoria Police and the City of Port Phillip to ensure that this project, from transition to completion, delivers safety, security and peace of mind – for everyone.”

For further information:

Haleh Homaei

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9534 5837


Port Phillip Housing Association is a professional, regulated, not for profit, community housing organisation. For over 32 years we have provided homes for thousands of vulnerable people in the St Kilda area. Our reach is now broader than the St Kilda area, but St Kilda is where we started and remains at the heart of both our work and our philosophy. In the Port Phillip area alone, we provide homes for over 400 people.

PPHA has successfully managed the 49-room Regal accommodation facility for 18 years; offering rooming house-style accommodation for vulnerable people, many of whom have lived in this area for a very long time.

In recent times we have acted in response to complaints from nearby residents regarding undesirable behaviours associated with people in or, more often than not, hanging around the property.

We have worked closely with Victoria Police, the Minister’s office, all the local support service agencies, nearby residents, City of Port Phillip and Regal tenants to resolve these concerns, as well as working on achieving a long-term solution for the building.

In recent months we have:

    • convened the Community Safety Group that brings together, fortnightly, the PPHA, Victoria Police, the City of Port Phillip and other local service and support agencies including Star Health, Sacred Heart Mission and Launch Housing to help resolve issues as they arise;
    • introduced and are enforcing tighter House Rules at the property and placed greater restrictions on visiting hours;
    • actively terminated the tenancies of those who break the laws and tenancy rules;
    • reduced tenancy numbers from 49 to (currently) 28 to reduce the pressure on the area;
    • significantly increased our staff presence at the site;
    • constructed a secure entrance to the site that requires key-fob access to eliminate random traffic;
    • improved CCTV coverage of the area allowing for decreased response times to any incidents in the area;
    • provided Victoria Police with keyless entry to the public areas in the event of any emergencies.

PPHA Supports Marriage Equality

Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA), unequivocally supports marriage equality. We support marriage equality because we believe it is a basic human right for everyone. We recognise the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) clients, employees and members of our community, to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

PPHA supports the Yes vote for marriage equality as we believe that diversity in our community is a strength.


We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many people who may feel isolated or distressed. Take care of yourselves and if you find the events of the coming weeks overwhelming or they bring up issues for you, please remember there is help available and people to talk to including QLife 1800 184 527 and BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.


PPHA Wins at AHI Awards

On Tuesday 18 July 2017, a large contingent of PPHA tenants and staff attended the Victorian Australasian Housing Institute Awards at Rydges in Melbourne. The AHI awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories and formally recognize excellence in professional practice and tenant/community engagement. PPHA had nominations in 5 categories and came away winners in two:

  • Leading Asset Management for the Wominjeka Induction Program and
  • Tenant Led Initiative for the Ashwood Cook-up.

PPHA are proud to have received these awards and congratulates the staff and tenants involved, both the winners and the nominated.



Affordable housing and PPHA in the media.

Ahead of the federal budget, affordable housing is certainly making headlines. PPHA has rated mention as a case study of what can be achieved by social housing organisations.

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PPHA launches their Customer Service Charter!

In July 2016, PPHA embarked on a project to develop a charter to improve our services to tenants, members of the public and our community stakeholders. We consulted with staff through team meetings and with tenants through the Tenant Advisory Groups. In March 2017, every tenant received the Customer Service Charter Brochure along with the March Newsletter and soon signage will be installed at PPHA Offices and at properties with notice boards.

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PPHA Study Scholarships

PPHA is committed to improving the personal wellbeing of tenants and understands the importance of education as a pathway into the workforce. To support tenants who are currently studying, or are about to study, PPHA is offering scholarships of up to $1000 out of a total pool of $10,000. MGS Architects generously donated $2000 towards the scholarship fund to support tenants who are studying as a pathway to work.

The Scholarship is available for tenants who are over 18 years of age and are currently studying or who have been offered a place in a course at a University, TAFE, private RTO or other registered training provider (such as a neighborhood house). The scholarship is also available for entry level courses such as basic literacy and numeracy, English language classes etc.

To apply for the scholarship just complete this form:              PPHA Scholarship Application Form

Applications open Friday 24th March and close midnight Sunday 30th April.

If you have any questions, contact Philippa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9534 5837.


Bold for Change: International Women's Day

Under the heading Bold for Change, Haleh Homaei, CEO of Port Phillip Housing Association was invited to speak at the City of Port Phillip's International Women's Day event. Other invited speakers included Clementine Ford, writer Broadcaster and speaker and Georgie Stone, Elwood College student and GLBTIQ Person of the Year.

View Haleh's presentation here.

International Women's Day 2017 presentation




Building Community - A Year in Review 2016

In 2016 the PPHA Community Development team have engaged tenants to participate in the organisation, learn new skills and improve their personal wellbeing through our programs and events.

Building Community - A Year in Review 2016

Rapid Housing Success

PPHA has secured grant funding to purchase eight units for the Rapid Housing Family Violence program and a further five units for the Rapid Housing Homelessness program. To date, PPHA has successfully acquired three units in Clayton and five units in St Kilda which completes the Family Violence program and will now focus on the Homelessness acquisitions. PPHA is working with support services organisations to ensure that tenants make a smooth transition to long term secure housing. The first of the St Kilda properties was settled on Monday 16th January and the new tenant, with support from Salvation Army Violence Service was settling in to her new home within the week.

Building Community July to September

Melbourne’s cold winter was filled with colour and creativity, as we held our annual tenant art exhibition and unearthed new talent at Barkly Street Roarhouse.

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Celebrating 30 years of Housing for the Locals

PPHA will celebrate its 30th birthday at St Kilda Town Hall on Wednesday 30th November commencing at 4pm, giving the AGM a party atmosphere.  

We invite tenants, past and present, and all those involved with PPHA over the past 30 years to join us for this momentous AGM and to hear guest speaker Rev. Tim Costello launch our book 'HOUSING FIRST a path to social justice'. The story of the campaign around affordable housing in the 80's, the establishment of St Kilda Housing Association in 1986 and PPHA's subsequent work.

There will be live music, lots of reminiscing and the opportunity to catch up with people you have not seen in a long time. For catering purposes, RSVP's are essential if attending.

PPHA's community housing program, incubated by St Kilda Council, and later nurtured by Port Phillip Council, remains unique. It is a testament to successive local governments and community resolve - and PPHA's business acumen -  that three decades later there is still no equivalent local-government initiated housing program elsewhere in Australia.

We look forward to celebrating with you.


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St Kilda Apartments escape Developers to Remain as Homes For Needy

Port Phillip Housing Association's purchase of an apartment complex billed as St Kilda's best development opportunity will instead continue to house people facing homelessness. Overlooking the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, it is a prime site comprising three stand alone buildings containing 50 self-contained apartments. The property was acquired under the Port Phillip Housing Trust, established by the City of Port Phillip and for which PPHA is the trustee.

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Housing Association Gets Lifesaving Gift

Thanks to an important donation, people living in Ashwood can now live with greater peace of mind.

Link Health and Community has given PPHA a $5000 grant to help the organisation reach its goal of investing in a lifesaving defibrillator and first aid course for its tenants.

PPHA manages a number of properties in Ashwood, including at Power Ave, where many tenants suffer from chronic health conditions.

Information sessions on how to use the defibrillator will be provided, to empower both staff and tenants on how to use this tool correctly, along with a basic first aid course.

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Appointment of new CEO


I am pleased to advise that Haleh Homaei has been appointed PPHA’s new Chief Executive Officer.  

For those who have been around the housing sector for some time, Haleh is well known.  She joined Haven; Home, Safe’s (HHS) Executive team as Deputy CEO/Executive Director Metro following the successful merger between HHS and North East Housing in October 2014.  Prior to the merger Haleh was the CEO of North East Housing Service, a Housing Provider managing over 300 transitional and long term properties throughout Melbourne’s north and eastern suburbs.

She has over 20 years of experience in housing, 12 years of which were with the Victorian Office of Housing and the rest within the Community Housing Sector.   Haleh’s expertise is in the area of Social Advocacy, Strategic and Business Planning, Governance and Compliance, Leadership and stakeholder management.  She has a Diploma in Social Science (Housing Management and Policy) and has completed a Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  Haleh has been a member of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) since 1998 and was a Director on the National Board representing Victoria until mid-2015.  She has been a Board member of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria since 2009 and she is currently the Chair.

In addition to her work in housing, she has had international experience.  She was centrally involved in the momentum, negotiation and outcome of the United Nation’s Post-2015 Development Agenda where she successfully promoted the agenda of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and a group of conflict affected and fragile states resulting in inclusion of their submission in the final outcome document “Transforming Our World; The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The Board is excited to have attracted an excellent field of candidates and we look forward to Haleh joining us on 29th August and working with the fantastic existing senior management team to ensure a strong future for PPHA, building houses for locals and developing successful communities.

Frank O’Connor

Chair, Board of Directors

Port Phillip Housing Association Ltd


Building Community March to June 2016

It’s been a productive three months in Community Development with many projects on the go. It can be hard to motivate and engage tenants in the winter months but as our programs show, it can be done. Here is a round-up of current projects, some new and some ongoing.


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I am art … and this is me – PPHA Artist Collective Exhibition will surprise and excite

Port Phillip Housing Association’s third tenant art exhibition, I am art … and this is me, opens at The Laneway Artspace in St Kilda on 15 September and runs until 2 October.

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PPHA looking forward to working with Government and private sector to provide more housing.

PPHA welcomes the Victorian government’s budget initiatives in the areas of health, education, infrastructure and jobs and applaud the commitment of $572M to combat family violence including $152 million for a "housing blitz" to build new crisis accommodation and refuges to shelter survivors of family violence.

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The latest in community development projects

The PPHA Community Development Team has had a busy start to 2018.

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Building Community January-March 2016

Read more about our current projects including Rooming House Riders, community gardening, slow yoga, art therapy and the Pocket Park Market.