Our mission is to increase and provide safe, secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable long-term housing for low income people including those with disabilities. We are managed by tenant members under a co-operative structure which encourages community spirit and values through voluntary participation. We work towards and create opportunities for all members to improve their quality of life, health and financial stability.
The Eastern Suburbs Rental Housing Co-operative (ESRHC) has its origins in the Camberwell Independent Living Association, a disability organisation which was established in 1983. ESRHC was formed from the Camberwell Independent Living Association and incorporated as a co-operative on 1 October 1985.
In 1985 five properties owned by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) were assigned to be managed by ESRHC. Since then the number of properties managed has grown to 39. The management of the properties is governed by a General Lease with the Director of Housing which commenced on 1 July 2015 for a period of 5 years.
ESRHC is incorporated under the Co-operative National Law Application Act 2013. On 12 June 2009 ESRHC was registered by the Housing Registrar as a Housing Provider.
Regulations and Governance
Rental Housing Co-operatives are regulated by two main pieces of legislation:
- Housing Act 1983 (Vic); esp. Part VIII to the Housing Act 1983 (Vic) – Housing Registrar
- Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013
The Registrar of Housing Agencies is responsible for implementing a regulatory framework to encourage the development of rental housing agencies serving the housing needs of low income tenants. This is achieved through:
- Registration of rental housing agencies (as housing associations or housing providers)
- Regulation and monitoring of registered agencies
ESRHC is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the members. The Board comprises 4 member directors and one independent director appointed by the Board.
The Board is supported by committees of tenant members such as the Maintenance Committee and other committees formed from time to time to assist on specific matters such as Tenant Selection.