With the release of our Annual Report 2019-20 and recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), Link Housing was pleased to reflect on our ongoing commitment and work to achieve our vision of ‘enhancing lives through community housing’.
The stories and highlights told through Link Housing’s Annual Report 2019-20 demonstrate the resilience and strength of our organisation, our staff and our tenants during a particularly challenging year.
Read about our 35 year anniversary, which we celebrated at the end of 2019 with a free community festival at Chatswood Oval, as well as many other wonderful events and programs, including the 4th year of our No Place Like Home Art Exhibition and our second Home Sweet sleepover charity event. The latter raised a record amount of over $180,000 to the benefit of our Link Housing Scholarship Program and other beneficiaries, including The Burdekin Association and Women’s Community Shelters (WCS).
We were also excited to open Beecroft House, in partnership with WCS, as our first affordable housing meanwhile-use property, and continue our progress on our Reconciliation Action Plan (which has now been endorsed and launched).
As an organisation, we worked with the Government, other community housing providers and support partners to adapt our services to meet the increased demand for affordable and temporary housing due to COVID-19. In particular, we welcomed the additional funding provided by the Government and its Together Home program, that enabled us to better manage the spike in need for housing we observed during the peak of the pandemic.
In particular, we are pleased to use this year’s report to announce our merger with Western based Tier 1 Community Housing Provider, Wentworth Community Housing (Wentworth). The two organisations have signed a merger agreement with the intention to formally become Link Wentworth Housing Ltd (Link Wentworth), on 31 March 2021.
Government endorsement was recently received and member approvals finalised at Link Housing’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 26, 2020, giving the merger the green light. The merger means Link Wentworth will be one of the largest community housing providers in New South Wales, able to leverage its scale to enable greater provision of social and affordable housing to those most in need.
The AGM, held both virtually and in person for the first time to provide a COVID safe environment, allowed an opportunity to look back on the milestones and growth of the past year – including increasing our property portfolio to 3,917 (soon to be 6,271 following the merger – an increase of 60%).
Special guests were also in attendance, with Ann Weldon from Metro Local Aboriginal Land Council delivering the Welcome to Country, and Minister Gareth Ward, the NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, providing a pre-recorded speech for us to play at the AGM in his absence. Watch it below.
View or download our 2019-2020 Annual Report.
View or download the Summary Financials 2019-2020.
Learn more about our merger with Wentworth Community Housing (Wentworth).