As a participant in the Better Housing Futures program, Centacare Evolve Housing has a strong working partnership with Housing Tasmania and the State Government. Through this, we own or manage about 1,100 Social Housing properties, mostly located in the Brighton area. Social Housing rent is calculated as either 25% of assessable household income plus Commonwealth Rent Assistance, or assessed market rent – whichever is lower.
We also actively support a number of government initiatives that prioritise housing for people experiencing particular housing barriers (for example, family violence or people exiting the prison system) through support of the government’s Rapid Rehousing Program and other initiatives.
Centacare Evolve Housing’s extensive building program will result in over 400 new homes for Tasmanian families in coming years, and our maintenance team are continually overseeing major upgrades and refurbishments to existing homes. By increasing both the quality and supply of available housing options, our property development work is having a positive impact on the lives of many Tasmanians.
Despite our big housing numbers, we believe our business is about much more than managing and building properties. So, as well as providing a comprehensive and responsive tenancy management service, we have a strong social commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of our tenants and the communities in which we work. We are a major supporter of CatholicCare’s Social Impact Program and we facilitate a Community Development and Reference Group and a Tenant Advisory Group - both of which help direct and implement our many community initiatives. We partner with residents, councils and other organisations to run community programs and hold community events. Much of our work is guided by our award winning Master Plan (prepared by Holmes Dyer Planners) which ensures our significant capital investment is applied to best effect.
Our Community Housing Services team is based at our office in Bridgewater where it provides best possible access to the large number of tenants we have in the area. Our tenancy, maintenance, and community development teams are regularly out and about in the local area and across the state ensuring we continue to support our tenants, partner with our communities, and increase the availability of affordable housing options for Tasmanians.
Ray BrownChair of the Board
Ray Brown (Chairman) Ray is the Chairman of the Centacare Evolve Housing Limited Board and has Corporate Governance experience which includes terms on the CatholicCare Tasmania Board, the Diocesan Finance Council and has previously been a Director and Chairman of State Owned, Public and Private Companies. Ray was admitted to practice Law in 1976 and was a Partner of legal firm Page Seager from 1978 until 2008 specialising in general commercial practice and principal advisory to the Archdiocese of Hobart.
Ben WilsonChief Executive Officer
Ben Wilson (Director of Housing) After joining the organisation in July 2018 as Director of Housing, Ben has brought with him a wealth of knowledge in the building industry gained over the past 15 years in the sector. Before joining Centacare Evolve Housing, Ben was the CEO of one of the largest building companies in Tasmania and was actively involved in creating the turnkey finance initiative allowing customers the opportunity to not make repayments during the construction phase of the build. Ben is a qualified Tasmanian Building Practitioner and member of the Tasmanian HIA Regional Executive Committee and Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board.
James NormanGeneral Manager Housing Operations
James originally hails from the UK and moved to Australia in 1989 during a previous career in international shipping. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) he undertook a career change that initially saw him working in remote Northern Territory communities. It was an environment that emphasised the critical role that safe and secure housing plays in people’s lives. This point was further demonstrated during several years managing CatholicCare Tasmania’s Multicultural Service Programs, which focused on the settlement of new humanitarian entrants arriving in Hobart. James took up the role of General Manager, Housing Operations for Centacare Evolve Housing in 2017. He views housing through a broad lens and is particularly passionate about nurturing a service that focuses on developing secure, sustainable tenancies, and which sees the organisation become a trusted and positive contributor to the community.
Sarah HenleyProject Manager
Sarah’s role as Project Manager for CatholicCare Tasmania and Centacare Evolve Housing means she is largely focused on the roll out of a $70M+ new build program. Her role involves introduction of innovative housing products requiring significant planning oversight, liveable housing features and delivery of disability housing. She also delivered through a co-design process 32 Specialist Disability Accommodation beds. Sarah is a recent addition to the CCT team, joining in October 2018, Sarah takes responsibility for both CCT and CEH pre construction and onsite co-ordination of all Building projects to ensure they are delivered within the required timeframes and to highest of standards. Sarah has had over 10 years’ experience in the residential construction industry, recently holding the position of Multi Residential Project coordinator with Tasmania’s largest residential building company where she had an impressive record of delivering high quality cost-effective multi residential homes across Tasmania. Sarah has significant experience in the pre-construction property development requirements of local planning schemes, building standards and guidelines and is well positioned to ensure delivery of social, affordable or property sales, from individual sites to fifty unit multi residential development sites.
Donna HaasGrants & Growth Portfolio Manager
As Manager of Grants & Growth Portfolio, Donna manages our incentives initiatives funded through the Department of Communities and Families. These include, but are not limited to, Rapid Rehousing, the Private Rental Incentive Scheme, prisoner release and mental health housing. Donna also manages transitional and crisis housing for people escaping family violence along with compliance requirements for all NRAS properties with reporting responsibilities to the Federal Government. Donna has been with Catholiccare Tasmania for 20 years and has over 15 years’ experience within the housing program areas. Recently Donna has worked as a tenancy officer for Catholiccare Affordable Housing and as our statewide coordinator of Affordable Housing.
Brad JamesMaintenance Coordinator
Brad comes from a building background and has previously worked as an inspector for Housing Tasmania and spent six years in the Facility Management team with Hazell Bros. Brad started with Centacare Evolve Housing in 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of almost 1,500 properties. He has overseen more than 550 kitchen upgrades, about 200 new bathrooms and the installation of over 800 heat pumps.