An enduring partnership: 35-years of initiatives with North Sydney Council

November 7, 2019

“Link was a small company that started in a cupboard virtually within the North Sydney Council chambers 35 years ago.” – Link Housing CEO, Andrew McAnulty

Link Housing’s long-standing partnership with North Sydney Council began in 1984 to help to provide access to community housing for those in need of it.

With a shared vision to address affordable housing shortages in the local area where waiting periods for social housing can exceed 10 years – the two organisations have worked hard to ensure there are sustainable options and outcomes for community members who find themselves in housing stress.

Sustainable options and outcomes

Working closely with North Sydney Council, Link Housing has, and continues to help the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the community.

Together, we have worked with members of the Northern Sydney Region Homelessness Network, as well as specialist youth homeless providers, to help homeless young people both access and exit transitional housing. Additionally, we’ve been involved in the Northern Sydney Safety Action Meetings, and formalised partnerships with services for women and the Northern Sydney Local Health District, resulting in suitable housing for women escaping domestic violence and people with complex mental health issues, respectively.

In late 2017, Link Housing was named the Most Sustainable Social Enterprise, winning the Better Business Awards. The Awards are a joint initiative between North Sydney, Willoughby and Ku-ring-gai Councils to recognise environmentally sound business practices. Link Housing was successful in the category because of our focus on sustainable building design and property management. 

Another significant project delivered with Council was the redevelopment of a boarding house in North Sydney, using funding from NSW Government. The new property development provides seven local residents (all over 62-years with a disability) experiencing housing stress with long-term and safe housing.  

Martin Ellis, Director, Community & Library Services at North Sydney Council, said, The building project was well managed by Link Housing. It was a very smooth process.” Click to view the project video here.

A significant milestone 

On 11 March 2019, we were pleased to host an event with North Sydney Council to celebrate our 35-year partnership with the Council and recognise yet another milestone – the transfer of 72 council owned social housing properties to Link Housing for management. To view video, click here.

Martin Ellis, Director, Community & Library Services at North Sydney Council, said, “We are delighted that Link Housing will take over the management of North Sydney’s community housing properties.

“We look forward to working together to address the growing issue of affordable housing while helping to ease the burden of housing stress and homelessness within our community.”

The Social Housing Management Transfer (SHMT) transfer on Monday 11 March 2019, brings the number of homes we manage on the Lower North Shore to 400. Today Link Housing manages around 4000 homes within Metropolitan Sydney, with the majority in its historic base of Northern Sydney.

In 2019, Link Housing partners with many councils across Northern and Metropolitan Sydney.

Partnerships have been key to achieving our charitable mission, ‘to work together to provide safe and affordable housing that strengthens lives and communities’.

Our enduring partnership with North Sydney Council is testament to this and we thank the council and its staff for their collegiate relationship with us over the years, to meet the housing needs of the North Sydney community.

We invite you to celebrate our Link Housing 35 Year Birthday with us on Sunday 17 November 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Chatswood Oval (Albert Ave & Orchard Rd) for a Sunday fun day with refreshments, entertainment and more!

Register your interest on our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2491565137589225/

For Link Housing residents, call 9412 5111 to RSVP.