As a triple-bottom-line social enterprise, we balance the competing forces of financial returns, sustainability (in construction, lifestyle and location), and social impact. We operate using a build-to-rent model, where not only is rent more affordable, but the cost of living is also more affordable. By creating more shared spaces, we increase community connection, provide a more sustainable building, and we’re able to build in locations that minimise or eradicate the need for private car ownership (or long public transport commutes). Our goal is to make commutes shorter, to have day-to-day services within walking distances, and to make the cost of living more affordable with better design and services (like the use of solar, natural ventilation, passive design, rainwater and community gardens). Our designs include options for smaller and shared spaces. We’re big believers in co-living: many people of all ages who aren’t part of traditional relationships or families would prefer to live with others than to live alone. We aim to make that possible.
Crucially, in build-to-rent, we also act as both developer and long-term manager. That allows us to lock in our impact; we have control over the design, construction and operation.
Our focus is on supporting key workers, frontline workers, and single women over 55 (the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness) to become more resilient by providing long-term, secure, rental accommodation that is both affordable to rent and affordable to live in. These groups provide vital services for the community but often live highly vulnerably. These groups include our nurses, paramedics, baristas, supermarket workers, delivery truck drivers, childcare workers and many others; people absolutely essential to our communities who, without a better system or more support, are often displaced, living pay-check to pay-check, unable to save, and at the mercy of private landlords.
In this era of COVID, we especially want to support frontline workers in health to live securely and affordably close to their place of work; a simple goal out of reach for many. Many frontline health workers have faced discrimination as the fear of the global pandemic took hold, despite providing an essential service. Together with the impact community, we can change this reality.