May 16, 2019

Staff member wins sector award

The manager of our Hampton Road lodging house, Julia MacDonald, has been announced as the joint 2019 WA Winner of the Inspirational Team Member in the Australasian Housing Institute’s Professional Excellence in Housing Awards.

Julia’s colleagues find her an inspiring co-worker because of her long abiding and passionate commitment to the men and women Foundation Housing accommodates as tenants and lodging residents. Julia respects their stories and histories and often succeeds in connecting them to services they would not have previously considered using so that they can sustain their housing and enjoy a better life.

Over the past 12 months Julia has drawn upon these skills to lead a team of staff who have brought about significant positive changes at Foundation Housing’s largest lodging house on Hampton Road in Fremantle. Under Julia’s guidance, a number of support agencies now work in partnership with Foundation Housing to deliver more holistic support to the people living at Hampton Road, many of whom are transitioning out of homelessness due to issues such as mental illness, addiction and past trauma. Julia has bought together staff, service providers and residents to build a consistent environment in which relationships can be nurtured which brings about benefits for everyone.

Before working at Hampton Road Julia was involved in advocating for tenants and residents through of Tenant Advisory Groups, and is well known and respected by many of those we house.