In 2013, Baptcare Affordable Housing Ltd. (BAH) was launched. BAH now manages a total of 90 housing units in the Western Suburbs, Norlane and Boronia. These provide financially disadvantaged people a home from which they can access a range of services including education, training and employment.
In May 2018, there were almost 35,000 Victorians waiting for public housing with many more on waiting lists of community housing providers. Baptcare continues to be interested in working with churches to increase its affordable housing for disadvantaged people.
Swan Court, Wangaratta, saw a partnership between Grassroots Placemaking and Baptcare to insert a placemaker into their BAH site.
The Swan Court Placemaker:
Nurtures and assists the growth of a healthy, flourishing community in Swan Court, and to assist individuals to achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.
The Place Maker position involves developing a place that is safe, socially engaging, engenders a sense of pride, has access to services and assists to create a sense of community that is based on common purposes, and achievements. The role will facilitate and empower residents toward the creation of a flourishing community and have overall responsibility for fulfilling the objectives of Grassroots Placemakers and Baptcare Affordable Housing.
The Place-maker is responsible for:
- Listening to the residents and empowering them to build activities and structures which create genuine community
- Facilitating ways to promote inclusion of those potentially marginalised within the community
- Empowering residents to improve their social and economic well-being wherever possible, specifically through accessing activities that improve education and create employment
- Liaising with Local Churches; service providers and potential partners who will assist in the building of sustainable community