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Board of Directors | Community Housing Limited
Steve Bevington | Managing ...
Steve Bevington | Managing Director | Community Housing Limited
Includes: Dr Lucy Burgmann (Elton ...
Includes: Dr Lucy Burgmann (Elton Consulting) & Dr Rachel Trigg (Elton Consulting) Steve Bevington (Community Housing Limited) and Craig Sanderson (Link Group).
CHL: Steve ...
CHL: Steve Bevington
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is one of Australia's leading experts on housing affordability, yet unlike many 'experts' in this field Steve's knowledge is based on real life experiences.
"I guess you could say that the path was fairly straight forward, in that I encountered a period of homelessness myself," Steve
did however become a trade qualified carpenter and joiner - working different jobs like a crude form of apprenticeship - building skills that would provide extremely useful in his
later life and current work.
The reasons behind Steve's period of homelessness have frightening resemblance to modern Australia.
Britain in the 1970s had low supply of private rental and supply of housing overall, combined with insufficient employment opportunities for young people.
For many people in this situation, it becomes a difficult cycle to break: once you in the position of fighting for housing that is high on price and low on supply, it is hard to be in one place and from there hold down a job or study.
When reflecting on his
own history, Steve
even laments the breakdown of a long-term relationship that he
believes was destined for marriage, as both he
partner were forced to move back with their respective parents in different parts of the country.
"I feel for the young people today in a very big way," he
It did however provide a very quick learning platform and Steve
acquired an extraordinary amount of knowledge in a short period of time - all of which he
was able to bring with him when he
moved to Australia.
"I had a brief period of two and a half years in Victoria in the Ministry of Planning - as it was then - where I coordinated and promoted their housing cooperative programs of the day.
I am somebody with a lot of energy and vigour and managed to challenge the bureaucracy internally to really grow these programs with great success."
Following this period, Steve
took time out to build a house for his
own family, before returning to the workforce as an employment counsellor encouraging people to change their outlook and work towards new careers.
greatly enjoyed the work gained more skills and understanding but then an opportunity came up to start a greenfields operation and his
interest was sparked.
A grant of $63,000 to a start up organisation, Community Housing Ltd
, was enough to buy a desk, connect a phone and work to set up the company as its first employee - Steve's
combined knowledge and skills from all his
previous work and life experience put him in the prime position to make it work.
is continually working with communities - utilising his
experience from the dark days in the UK and his
knowledge in activism and education - to help people work towards a sustainable solution.
This includes engagement with communities where there is housing need, project conception, securing finance, land acquisition, project design and construction supervision, and long term rental management of housing for low income people.
It operates like any other limited company, but all financial surpluses remain in the company to be reinvested in quality affordable housing for people in need, wherever they may be.
is making fantastic inroads for people in need around Australia, Steve
has fears for the local housing market going forward.
As for CHL
says they are proudly in every State in Australia and have embarked on active housing developments in South America and South-East Asia.
"We have incorporated new subsidiary companies in Papua New Guinea and in Peru to add to those we have in East Timor and in Chile and we are about to start major housing projects in India and have been examining entry into Africa," he
"So our overall plans are to fully develop and expand dramatically in Australia to meet need and to expand out projects and affordable housing capacity in the four regions of the world where extreme poverty still exists which is South America, South East Asia, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa."
It's an issue of great need - and a credit to Steve
has used all of his
skills and experiences in life to help people throughout Australia.
Board | CHFA