More than just a roof over­head

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Chief ex­ec­u­tive Celia Adams and Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son at the BeyondHous­ing launch last week.

For the bet­ter part of two decades it’s been known as Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work, but the or­gan­i­sa­tion changed its name last week.

BeyondHous­ing in Tal­la­rook St, Sey­mour was of­fi­cially launched last Tues­day, and chair Sue Paini said the new name re­flected what they do more ac­cu­rately — as­sist­ing people be­yond their hous­ing needs.

‘‘RHN was formed in 1998 and be­came a hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion in 2007, hous­ing people through­out north­east Vic­to­ria and the Goul­burn Val­ley,’’ Ms Paini said.

‘‘Our mis­sion has evolved to pro­vide sup­port, hous­ing and ad­vo­cacy for people at risk of home­less­ness and those in pri­vate rental ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hous­ing stress.

‘‘This con­tem­po­rary ap­proach re­quires a modern name and pre­sen­ta­tion. We feel BeyondHous­ing ex­presses what we do well: we as­sist people be­yond sim­ply their hous­ing needs.’’

BeyondHous­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Celia Adams said people with­out af­ford­able and safe ac­com­mo­da­tion of­ten re­quire sup­port in other ar­eas of their lives, which the BeyondHous­ing team pro­vides in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other sup­port agen­cies.

‘‘People com­ing to us may need as­sis­tance with man­ag­ing fi­nances, be deal­ing with fam­ily vi­o­lence, health and men­tal health is­sues, ad­dic­tion or be in­volved with child pro­tec­tion ser­vices,’’ she said.

‘‘Once people have safe, af­ford­able hous­ing, ev­i­dence shows they are bet­ter able to en­gage in day-to­day ac­tiv­i­ties for them and their fam­i­lies. In this way, a home en­ables people to go be­yond where they have been.

‘‘BeyondHous­ing’s ser­vices won’t change. We have the same friendly, com­pas­sion­ate team and con­tinue to de­liver the high stan­dards of ser­vice we did as the Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work.’’

BeyondHous­ing’s phone num­ber and of­fice lo­ca­tion has re­mained the same. They can be con­tacted at 54 Tal­la­rook St, Sey­mour or phone 5735 2000.

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