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Felicity

Felicity Horrocks

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Western Australia Social Welfare > General
Social Welfare > Homelessness
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative programs to reduce homelessness and housing stress for low income families - UK, USA, Canada
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Australia needs concentrated action, using the collective wisdom and power of partnerships between governments’, not-for-profit organsations (NFP) and the private sector, to increase access and supply to affordable housing for low-to-moderate income earners. Each city I visited provided a number of key learnings for governments, NGOs and the private sector in regards to developing innovative partnerships for successful and sustainable affordable housing programs. The key strategic learnings of my Churchill Fellowship include:

 Political vision and long-term commitment to affordable housing underpin the most successful partnership programs.

 A planned legislative approach that provides a robust structure for innovative programs that focus on leveraging the strengths of all sectors.

 Central government agencies putting in place ‘innovation’ teams that guide the public service towards engaging more effectively with the NFP and private sector and designing interventions to use the expertise of these sectors.

 Different layers of government providing complementary policy and program approaches. Partnerships are enhanced when the NFP and private sector can work with one government agency when participating in affordable housing programs with consistent policies, program design and personnel.

 Government has a crucial role in using policy levers as a catalyst for partnership approaches to affordable housing development.

 Successful interventions between the private sector and governments’ are often enhanced by the use of an expert intermediary (usually an NFP entity) with expertise in the social, financial and housing sectors.

 Programs must recognise the inherent value of each partner in the process. Innovation is easily and more readily translated into programs when each partner can contribute to the design and there is the ability to debate and discuss key aspects.

 Inspiration and solutions can come from the community and broader NFP sector which can influence Government policy development and have a significant impact on financing of affordable housing programs.

 Private sector entrepreneurs can be agents of social change and have demonstrated that they can develop affordable housing for key workers through innovative mechanisms and personal risk.

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