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Gosford-based community housing provider, Pacific Link Housing, has won Australia’s top peer-group award for "Excellence in Tenant Engagement and Social Inclusion" at the national PowerHousing annual awards in Melbourne. The award recognises the quality of support programs provided by Pacific Link since 2011, when the group first introduced education scholarships to help tenants achieve their goals.Since then more than 430 Pacific Link tenants from the Central Coast and Hunter have benefitted from a growing range of assistance programs including:

  • Education scholarships
  • Learner Driver lessons
  • Sport and recreation scholarships
  • Laptop purchase programs
  • And training for employment.

“PowerHousing is a peer group organisation that includes Australia’s leading affordable, community and social housing groups – groups which together house more than 80,000 people across Australia. Receiving this award from our peers is a very special form of recognition,” said Pacific Link Chairman, David Bacon.

CEO Keith Gavin said Pacific Link’s tenant support programs help tenants pursue their education, master new technologies, obtain essential life-skills, participate in sport, and enter training and employment.

“It’s all about providing essential opportunities, encouraging education and setting out stepping stones to employment to assist those tenants who are able to regain their independence and live successful lives,” he said.

“For many families on low incomes, even simple things like providing school equipment can be challenging.“Most of our schools now expect students to provide their own devices. But for families on low incomes the cost of a laptop is often out of reach. This puts their children at a massive disadvantage in the classroom so it’s up to us to help,” he said.

“All our programs – including those provided by our many service partners – are there to help tenants break the chain of dependence and live independent lives.