History

Launched in February 2015, we have already grown to manage over 150 properties, with contracts signed to deliver an additional 130 properties by early 2018 with further growth confirmed for late 2018/19.

A key strategic goal was to deliver 500 new homes for young people in our first 5 years and we are now well on track to achieve it. 

Innovation

Corporate partnership with Toga & Qualitas delivers Australia's First Pop-Up

In 2017, in partnership with Toga & Qualitas, we delivered Australia's First Housing Pop-Up, The Addison Project; which has seen a 42-room serviced apartment building transformed into affordable and emergency accommodation, providing safety for hundreds of young people already.

Toga's commitment to reducing youth homelessness, through their donation of this amazing building is a wonderful example of Corporate Social Responsibility in action. We are proud to be their partner in this Australian first project.

Transitional Housing Plus

Our signature rent and tenure model, co-designed and endorsed by NSW Family & Community Services, which aims to better meet the needs of young people who are homeless, by giving them up to 5 years of secure tenure, links to support, education and employment, with a rent model that scales up over time to reflect and prepare young people for the private market. We believe Transitional Housing Plus can lead to long-term secure housing, enhanced community engagement and successful personal outcomes for most young tenants.

Confirmed Future Growth

Premier's Youth Initiative:

Funded by NSW Family & Community Services and partnering with Samaritans in the Hunter and Central Coast, and Veritas House in Western NSW, we will soon deliver 130 new homes for young people leaving Out of Home Care. 

Social Housing Management Transfers:

In late 2018/19, we will partner with Community Housing Limited to deliver increased social and affordable housing for young people on the Mid-North Coast, primarily in Kempsey & Port Macquarie.


Partnerships

Our growth and success to date has been enhanced through our strong cross-sector partnerships.

NSW Family & Community Services invested heavily in our development and continue to support our growth objectives. Their sustained focus on improving the lives of homeless and other at risk young people has been evident throughout and we trust they agree there is still much to do.

We and our young tenants have benefited from a network of support agencies who assist our young people in all aspects of their lives. While our focus is housing, we know that young people need more than a house if they are to survive and thrive. We could not achieve what we have without their dedication and expertise.

The strength of these partnerships will continue to be a key determinant of our success; along with supporting homeless young people to achieve their full potential and secure long term stable housing outcomes.


People

Governance

We have a skilled, qualified and well-connected Board of Directors that are highly engaged in ensuring our strategic direction, financial sustainability and engagement with key stakeholders. All are strong advocates for young people and their need for safe, supportive, affordable homes.

David MacKenzie, Chairperson (B.Sc, Dip.Ed, B.ed, M.A.)                                                                                      Associate Professor, Swinburne Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University.

David Rosenbaum, Treasurer (MBA, GAICD, FCPA, FAIM, ALFA, MRMIA, MIMC, PhD Scholar (ACU)).          Consultant, Not for Profit Sector, Accounting , Risk Management & Financial Sustainability

Yelena Wenman, Director (B Ed, M Fin, GAICD)
CEO & Founding Director, Marketing Matters


Nigel Parker, Director (B Applied Social Science, Counseling; Cert IV Social Housing)                                                     Executive Officer, St Laurence House

Greg Joffe, Director (MA, BA (Economics) (Hons))
Principal, Nous Consulting Group, and Adjunct Associate Professor, AGSM

Josh Vrsaljko, Director (License Holder, Australian Financial Services)
CEO, Sustain Community Housing; Property Developer

Management & Finance

Rebecca Mullins, CEO (Graduate Certificate in Management, Dip, Strategic HRM)                                                    Our founding CEO, Rebecca was one of the driving forces behind the development of My Foundations Youth Housing bringing with her over 20 years experience in community housing, homelessness, advocacy, government relations, youth services and NGO management.

Julie-Anne Martin, Finance Administrator (CPA, B.Economics & Finance (Accounting))                                           Julie-Anne has an extensive history in delivering professional accounting and business analysis services in the corporate sector including in banking and finance. We are delighted she is now bringing her skills and experience to the NGO sector at My Foundations Youth Housing.

Service Delivery Team

We have a crack team of housing managers and support coordinators with strong experience in youth housing, youth services, community housing operations, homelessness, community engagement, case management and case-coordination.

Gabriel Kheirallah, Leonie Belshaw, Andrew Proctor and Kerry Wade form our housing management team.

Gabriel also leads our expansion team, ensuring our philosophy and approach goes with us when expanding to new areas, setting up new partnerships and on-boarding new staff.

Andrew also leads The Addison Project and our team of support coordinators,  Jarrod Connors and Elizabeth Kennard onsite at The Addison, each of whom has strong experience in supporting young people out of homelessness.