WIN Housing Projects (QHP), in start up mode, has been formed to provide safe, affordable secure housing to single women over 50.
I am the Sole Director of WHP, and currently forming a steering committee of entrepreneurial, business and appropriately experienced individuals. A working committee of ladies is currently forming to provide administrative assistance, media liaison and general office and operational coordination. In addition, I am a co-business owner of a Wholesale Indoor Plant business located in the Gold Coast Hinterland area. 5 years in the making, our business recognized a niche in the market, and has become the largest supplier of this high demand product in Australia, currently supplying across 4 states. Importantly, the business is now is a highly saleable position, and it is our intention to place the business on the market early 2021. Focus will then become wholly and solely fixed on WIN Housing Projects. I have a history of accounting, real estate and land development experience.
My website https://winhousingprojects.com.au/ is now live, and taking registrations of interest from women in need.
WHP is able to provide affordable homes in the $75k - $175k range, simply by constructing them on debt free land, which is owned by the company. Small groups of individual small homes are envisaged, one, two or three bedroom options, with a community entertaining area - addressing affordability, security and social outcomes. My mission is to provide 5,000 homes to 5,000 women over 5 years. I expect to achieve this goal, by acquiring land throughout 7 (seven) SEQ Council regions, from Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast. Social impact investment will be crucial to scaling up in year two onwards, in order to meet my goals.
Work in progress includes discussions with Councils (Planning and Development) and Councillors, Members of Parliament. Approaches have been made to NAHC, the Lady Musgrave Trust, The Forgotten Women for purpose of collaboration.
Support networks include Rotary Southport (presenting to a Club meeting this Friday 11th September), Gold Coast Zonta - and Power of Women in their Sixties. I will form relationships with other groups/organisations who support and advocate women in need. Together, we form a powerful voice, making a difference. I include the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Background paper published by Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO in my network of support - this background paper (my bible) has been instrumental in my understanding of the women's homelessness problem, what needs to be done, and with reference to other models, the formation of my own affordable and highly appropriate housing model .
Still some work to do - I have approached Qld Housing Loans, for consideration of a modified loan product to enable single women to have access to small loans, affordable loans, backed by WHP - to allow them to get into their own homes. Currently, loan products exclude this cohort of women. It will only take a couple of small modifications - and the reaslization that it is a necessary move towards addressing a serious social need - to take my delivery of homes to higher scale. There are many women who can afford to buy in this price range, there are many, many more who need a small loan. Affordable even on a pension, guaranteed by my company, no risk for a lender.
One other (negotiable) barrier under discussion - is the need to make changes to development assessment rules in some council areas. Changes can be effected to accommodate the needs of large developers, logically, it should be easy to allow for very small housing groups which have no impact on the environment or the community, but a huge social impact achieved by providing homes for vulnerable women.
Something which is a basic human right, is still not being provided and as we all know, is worsening. I should say, we who are in the know, know the extent of the growing problem. Why is it that the organisations - Councils, Banks etc - seem to be oblivious to the fact - when I raise it, so often I am met with surprise. More work to do, spreading the word.