Long-time leader retires
Presiding Member of the South Australian Housing Trust Board Gary Storkey has retired.
Over 44 years, Gary has been instrumental in driving and implementing a number of changes and innovative reforms to provide social, accessible and affordable housing solutions for all South Australians.
He has contributed enormously to the housing sector in his time, leaving the SA Housing Authority with a great legacy.
These are just some of the highlight’s of Gary’s time with the Authority:
- Establishing the new SA Housing Authority on 1 July 2018
- Launching South Australia’s new ten-year housing and homelessness strategy, Our Housing Future 2020-2030
- Launching SA Housing Authority’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025
- Helping to establish the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the SAHT Board. The AAC provides an Aboriginal voice to the housing systems of government, advises the SAHT Board on a range of housing challenges and priorities. This work was crucial to the development of the Authority’s Aboriginal Housing Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan.
Gary is known for his dedication and passion for housing – his early catch phrase being “a business mind with a social heart”.
We wish Gary all the best as he now spends his time focusing on his family and enjoying life as his top priority.
We look forward to welcoming new SAHT Board members to the Authority. A new Presiding Member, and a new Board member and Aboriginal Advisory Committee Chairperson will soon be appointed.
Walk a Country Mile team smashed its goal
Well done to the Country North Homeless Alliance, which launched Walking a Country Mile to raise funds for Homelessness in Country South Australia.
The team aimed to walk 914km - which is the distance from Kadina to Ceduna - to raise funds and awareness of homelessness.
They ended up walking over 1800km and raising more than $2500 for people sleeping rough.
The walking team consisted of: Uniting Country SA | Centacare Catholic Country SA | The Salvation Army Australia | Centacare Catholic Family Services | West Coast Youth & Community Support | SA Housing Authority
New transitional housing at Jordan Place
‘Jordan Place’ is a new 26-bed medium-term transitional accommodation facility in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.
Repurposing a former backpacker hostel, registered not-for-profit Carrington Cottages will provide stable and secure housing to up to 30 tenants at a time as they prepare themselves to live independently.
We provided 50% of the property's purchase price, while the other half was very generously donated by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Tenants are expected to stay at Jordan Place for 3-9 months before moving onto housing of their own.
Carrington Cottages already provides 80 rooms for people who have been sleeping rough and facilitates a range of support from case workers, primarily from the Towards Home Alliance.
New build social homes coming online
Take a look at just a few of the many newly constructed social houses becoming available to our tenants.
These six homes were part of a renewal project, meaning they were built on old Housing SA sites where properties were demolished to make way for new homes.
Landscaping works are completed once properties are tenanted.