Consistent with the Vincentian way Amélie Housing is committed to providing appropriate, secure and affordable housing to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and to work in partnership with their communities and all levels of government to build inclusive neighbourhoods which are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
Our vision is to become a national leader advocating justice in housing markets and to be a major player in the provision of social and affordable housing to the most disadvantaged members of our society.
- Commitment: we will show loyalty in service to our mission, vision and values.
- Compassion: we will welcome and serve all with understanding and without judgment.
- Respect: we will provide housing to all people in housing stress with respect and irrespective of race, colour, gender, religion or status.
- Integrity: we will be a professional, stable and reliable organisation which is accountable to all stakeholders and is transparent in our decision making and operations.
- Advocacy: we will work to challenge the causes of homelessness and housing poverty and transform the structures that control access to affordable housing.
- Courage: we will follow our convictions, take risks through innovation and always offer hope for the future.
- Collaboration: we will work with all parts of the wider Society for the benefit of the poor to whom we are called.
- Collegial: we will foster a supportive, challenging and safe culture for our staff to work in.
- Participation: we will encourage, value and support the participation of our volunteers and of our clients.
Amélie Housing is the trading name of the national community housing provider organisation established by the St Vincent de Paul Society (the Society) in Australia.
The Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.
Over the last decade the declining affordability of housing in Australia and the increasing poverty and homelessness amongst the poorest members of all communities led the Society at a national level to make affordable housing one of its highest priorities.
As a consequence, the Society began working at a local, state and national level to advocate for greater government commitment to the supply of social and affordable housing and to collaborate in the development of structures that would enable the Society to participate more effectively in the provision of housing services.
One of the key priorities for Amélie Housing is to grow the supply of social and affordable housing provided by the Society and ultimately create more affordable housing for people in need.
Over the next two years Amélie Housing will have approximately 1500/2000 properties under its management.
The unique relationship between Amélie Housing and the Society enables Amélie Housing to provide appropriate housing to a higher proportion of households with high and complex needs. This model has been documented and involves Amélie Housing being primarily responsible for developing properties and managing tenancies, with the Society providing support and facilitating access to services required by tenants. A case management approach is provided for tenants at risk, enabling Amélie Housing and the Society to collectively assist tenants to stabilise their tenancy and enhance their quality of life as represented in the Figure below.