City West Housing partners with local organisations who share our values of inclusion, integrity, compassion and accountability. Beyond our purpose to build stronger communities and improve people’s lives by providing affordable housing we’re always looking for ways to improve services to our residents and connect them with opportunities. By working together with other organisations we can have a collective impact on our residents and the broader community.
Advantage Property Styling is a premier property styling company. Using their extensive range of furniture, artwork and accessories, their expert Styling Team styles properties across Sydney to increase their appeal to potential purchasers. In October 2019 and again in November 2020, they contacted us to see if we would be interested in partnering to donate quality ex-display furniture that may have otherwise ended up in land-fill to affordable housing residents. Advantage donated over 300 items both years that we were able to gift during a ‘free garage sale’ event. Both events were a huge success and we look forward to more opportunities to partner in the future.
GoGet is Australia’s first and largest professional car sharing service operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. GoGet’s aim is to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that allows people to live car-free, decreases car usage, improves local air quality, removes private cars from local streets, increases patronage for public transport and allows people to lead more active lives. In March of 2020, Goget partnered with us to offer all CWH residents’ free membership to GoGet’s best personal membership plan for the duration of their tenancy with CWH. The membership gives CWH residents access to over 3,000 cars across Australia, for as little as $6.50 per hour which includes petrol, registration, insurance, repairs, cleaning and parking.
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand provides financial coaching programs to assist people to develop a healthy relationship with money and become financially secure. In November 2020, CWH and Good Shepherd signed a partnership agreement to provide four budgeting and financial workshops for residents both in person and online. The CWH, Good Shepherds’ partnership supports our priorities of sustaining tenancies during periods of financial hardship.
MyConnect is a service that streamlines the process of connecting utilities and services when moving. They do this through partnering with a wide range of suppliers to provide the best solutions and guarantee utilities will be connected on the agreed day or all expenses will be covered, no questions asked. By partnering with MyConnect, CWH helps residents connect all their essential utilities for free, saving time, hassle, and money.
Tangerine Telecom is an Australian internet service provider dedicated to connecting Aussies to the NBN. In 2020 CWH completed two new developments which required NBN connection for each apartment as residents moved in, which requires a fee. Most of our residents do not move into new buildings, so to ensure our new residents were not disadvantaged we partnered with Tangerine to cover the cost of setting up NBN connection. By partnering with Tangerine, we were able to have all connection fees invoiced directly to us. They also assisted countless residents during the sign-up process providing a high level of customer service.
Since its creation in 1961, Valiant Interior has grown to be the only furniture hire company in Australia to provide office furniture hire, event hire and styling, property styling, display home staging, relocation furniture hire and related services, training and education furniture rental all under one roof. Earlier last year, as we came towards the end of our development in Glebe, we decided to reach out to several interior design companies to see if they would be interested in partnering with CWH to furnish one of the new units. Valiant Interiors kindly offered to a furnish four apartments, for new residents who had few possessions, by re-purposing pre-loved display furniture.
Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children and young people, and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence. On 17 April 2020, the CEOs of both WAGEC and CWH signed an MOU for use of a CWH unit as transitional accommodation for homeless women. WAGEC holds nomination rights to the unit and work collaboratively with CWH to sustain the tenancy while long-term housing options are being organised.