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Maximising the social benefits of Public Housing Renewal

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Flemington Community Centre

25 Mt Alexander Road

Travancore, VIC 3032

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In late 2016 the Victorian Government announced a program to redevelop public housing estates across Melbourne, with a goal of 10 per cent increase in social housing.

The Public Housing Renewal Program (PHRP) will directly impact the lives of residents of the public housing estates and will profoundly transform large pieces of publicly-owned land. Residents, local governments, affordable housing advocates and non-profit and private housing providers all have a stake in ensuring that this important opportunity has the most effective and socially just results.

This event will bring together key stakeholders in a discussion about ways to maximise the social benefits of public housing renewal. This will include a questioning of the rationale of the current PHRP, a discussion of social mix rhetoric and experience of stigma, the scale,timing, geography and process of redevelopment, stock transfer to housing associations and international best practice considerations for public housing renewal.

The event will begin with a panel discussion of the above topics with ample opportunity for questions and participant input. Questions can be asked on the day or you can send in questions or comments in advance when you register for this event. The panel will feature researchers from the University of Melbourne, resident advocates and representatives from State Government. Following this, facilitated discussions designed to tease out key concerns or solutions will occur. The goal of the day is to provide a forum for open discussion, supported by input from an expert panel and a skilled faciltiator.

We welcome Kathy Mitchell, chair of the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee, Dr Kate Shaw, a Future Fellow researcher with the Univeristy of Melbourne, Dr Matt Palm, a Post-doctoral research fellow with the University of Melbourne, Mary Parfrey, Manager of the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Mark Feenane, Executive Officer and Board Secretary of the Victorian Public Tenants Association to the panel. The panel will be chaired by Mark O'Brien, CEO of the Tenants Union of Victoria.

All participants are welcome. Please join this important discussion.

This event is generously supported and funded by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, both part of the University of Melbourne. It is a collaboration between Transforming Housing and the Melbourne School of Geography.

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