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Horizon Housing provides high quality sustainable housing solutions, ranging from subsidised rental accommodation to home ownership.

Horizon Housing, as a consolidated group of two charities, manages and develops community and affordable housing for those on low and moderate incomes. Formerly Gold Coast Housing Company, we have been established for 20 years and are governed by a dedicated Board of Directors and managed by a committed team of staff.

Company History

Gold Coast Housing Company was established in 2007 through the amalgamation of two well respected and accredited community housing organisations; Gold Coast Community Housing Association Inc. and Gold Coast Vision Housing Ltd. In 2009 our team was further expanded through an amalgamation with Gold Coast Housing Association Inc. In 2010 Gold Coast Housing Company became Horizon Housing because this brand better represented our organisations field of operations which are now beyond the Gold Coast.

In 2010 Horizon Housing Solutions was incorporated and in 2011 Horizon Housing Solutions began operations. This company was created to focus on delivering Affordable Housing opportunities. The key driver behind the creation of this company was to allow Horizon Housing Company, as a Public Benevolent Institution and a not-for-profit charity, to focus on delivering social housing while Horizon Housing Solutions, a not-for-profit charity, could focus on delivering affordable housing.

In 2017, Horizon Housing became sole owner of Australian Affordable Housing Securities (AAHS). AAHS is an established Australian Financial Services Licensee, which enables the provision of financial services that promote the delivery of affordable housing across the country, and manages NRAS compliance for over 3,000 properties nationwide.

In 2018 Horizon Housing established Horizon Housing Realty, a licensed real estate agent providing speciality rental services for experienced investors. Both entities support the overall Vision of Horizon Housing.

In mid 2018 Horizon announced the integration with Community Housing Limited (CHL), forming Australia’s largest community housing provider.

The new arrangement will combine the expertise, experience and resources of both housing providers to strengthen the reach and services offered to Australians and service offerings in Queensland. 

The combined group will manage over 10,000 community and affordable housing properties across six states and in seven countries, with nearly 300 staff delivering services to support communities and people in need.

Who is CHL?

Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a not for profit company delivering housing for vulnerable and low to moderate income people who are unable to secure long-term affordable housing in the market.

CHL originated in Australia in 1993 and have since spread their operations to South Asia, South-East Asia, South America and Africa.

They focus on developing housing options for those experiencing housing difficulty and continuously improving their service delivery so their customers can enjoy stable lives, raise families, engage in employment or study, and generally have enough to be able to live comfortably.

https://chl.org.au/

Our Vision

It is our vision that Horizon Housing is recognised as a leader in the provision of affordable innovative housing solutions. To do this, we will focus on two key areas: providing affordable, innovative housing solutions for clients, including developing ‘green’ and sustainable properties; and providing quality social outcomes for our clients, ensuring their needs are met and they are supported in ‘pathways’ on the road to their eventual housing aspirations, whether it be permanent supported accommodation or market-priced home ownership.

Our Purpose

To provide innovative affordable housing solutions throughout our home state of Queensland and nation-wide.

Our Strategic Objectives

In order to successfully achieve our vision of providing innovative affordable housing solutions, Horizon Housing has agreed a set of key strategic initiatives to guide the Company through to 2020:

1. An Impactful Horizon - To grow the organisation to allow it to deliver more outcomes to clients, to achieve greater capacity in the organisation, and to be invited to the table to influence housing markets and policies.

2. A Quality Horizon - To continually improve the way we do things to deliver a unique and quality experience to our tenants, owners, funders and staff.

3. A Resilient Horizon - To diversify the activities of the company to make Horizon less reliant on a single funding source, and to provide a diversity of outcomes for our clients.

Our Strategic Plan can be viewed here.

Our Values

Our values underpin our work and guide every decision and action we undertake.

  1. Conscientious: Responsible Business Practices
  2. Committed: Passionate People
  3. Compassionate & Caring: Attitudes
  4. Collaborative: Partnerships with all Stakeholders
  5. Consistent: Sustainable Growth
  6. Corporate: Business Management Approach

How and Where we Operate

Funds raised by Horizon Housing in its management of rental properties / rental assistance programs are retained within the organisation. These funds are reinvested in building and managing more properties and expanding our capacity to assist those in housing stress. As a “not-for-profit” company we need to create “profit” (surplus) so that we can re-invest in our communities and increase the quality and quantity of the services we provide. The key concept is that through effective financial management and a variety of funding sources we can create a stable organisation and prepare for future growth and diversification.

 

We currently have properties and projects across Queensland & New South Wales in 15 different Local Government areas:

  • Gold Coast City
  • Logan City
  • Brisbane City
  • Bundaberg Regional
  • Ipswich City
  • Moreton Bay Regional
  • Gympie Regional
  • Scenic Rim Regional
  • Toowoomba Regional
  • Tweed Shire
  • Townsville City
  • Redland City
  • Western Downs Regional
  • Maranoa Regional
  • Mackay Regional

Our business is further supported by the construction activities that we undertake. The purpose of the design and construction activities we undertake is to support our business in our goal to increase our capacity, delivering a variety of community and affordable housing outcomes.