History

OUR HISTORY

Prahran Malvern Community Housing Inc. (previously Prahran Community Housing) evolved out of a grassroots initiative by a network of local community members, churches and community workers, under the auspices of Copelen Child & Family Services (now Connections Uniting Care) and the Ross Trust in 1981. The aim of the newly formed group was to address the housing needs of the Prahran Community.

The 1980’s saw many ‘grassroots communities’ emerge across Australia. Our aims were lofty. Our concerns covered a raft of housing issues. We raised awareness of the social inequities inherent in housing institutions across Australia. We examined and defined concepts of equity and affordability including;

  • access
  • equity
  • affordability
  • discrimination
  • legislation
  • amenity
  • transparency
  • ..and we demanded change

Prahran Malvern Community Housing Inc. became independently incorporated in 1987, when we moved to our current location on the Horace Petty Public Housing Estate. The organisation has operated with the involvement and support of the community ever since.

Philosophy

PMCH understands that safe, secure and affordable housing is essential to every individual’s ability to access education, health care, employment and social connection.

PMCH develops and implements our policies to reflect our commitment to values of social justice and ethical practice. We are committed to continuous learning and improvement.

PMCH aims to comply with all Legislative and regulatory requirements as they apply to our governance and operational practices. This environment provides clear descriptions of the rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders, thereby providing a clear framework to resolve any conflict that may arise.

Operations

Prior to 1996 PMCH managed both long term and emergency housing. More recently we also enjoyed a productive partnership with St. Josephs Church in South Yarra when we collaborated in providing tenancy management of 10 emergency housing units. The two organisations worked together for many years, providing emergency accommodation for people experiencing homelessness in the Prahran community.

Rooming houses

Our focus now is the management of long term housing for single people. We currently manage 4 rooming houses and 12 long term housing units in the Cities of Stonnington, Glen Eira and Port Phillip where we provide housing support to more than 80 individuals to access high quality, affordable housing.