TenantConnect is building safer, more caring and connected communities
- 29 November 2019 10:25AM
The TenantConnect Program reflects the department’s commitment to person-centred service delivery by using innovative ways to bring people together and gain a deeper understanding of tenants’ needs, goals and aspirations.
The program encompasses a range of opportunities and activities to improve tenant health and wellbeing, training and employment readiness and to reduce social isolation and is delivered in collaboration with other government agencies and community partners.
The annual My Home Awards recognise and celebrate the creativity and effort our tenants invest in their gardens to make their homes and communities beautiful places to live. Over 840 tenants entered the 2018 My Home Awards across Queensland.
Tenant Georgie Suttie has been entering the awards since 1995 and is proud of the sanctuary of tropical oasis she’s created at her Wynnum home. “It gets me out of bed in the mornings. I just love it,” she said.
The Micah Services Mobile Health Van is another initiative of the program, visiting tenants in Buranda each month to provide health advice and referrals. Tenants engage with department staff and connect with each other over a shared lunch during the visits.
TenantConnect is also supporting young people living in public housing. The MY SPACE program, delivered in partnership with the Mareeba PCYC, helps young people aged 12-17 to build self-esteem and set goals for a positive future – covering topics like healthy eating and exercise, training and job readiness and communication skills.
In Townsville, TenantConnect supported tenants from CommunityGro Upper Ross Women’s Group to make scrapbooks honouring the important women in their lives and present the scrapbooks and a short film documenting their journey at NAIDOC week celebrations.
The TenantConnect Program is an important foundation stone for building stronger relationships with our tenants and is a catalyst for safer, more caring and connected communities.