In the early 1980s the Victorian Government announced a new initiative called “Rental Housing Co-operatives” (RHCs). RHCs were seen as an alternative way of providing housing for low income families, which could provide the affordability and security offered by public housing with some of the benefits of home owners, such as stability.
In the early 1980s, a small group of dedicated and visionary people from the Geelong region came together because of a common need. They recognised that, for themselves and many others, it was very hard to find adequate affordable housing.
They wanted homes in which to bring up their young families and feel healthy, safe and part of a community. It was a time of social activism based on the dream of changing the world for the better, an era of revolutionary campaigns for social change, such as civil rights and feminism.
The Federal and State Governments throughout the 1970s and early 1980s were changing their views on issues such as welfare, and a narrow window of opportunity opened up for different ways of thinking about key social issues such as housing. This group of like-minded people in Geelong saw this opportunity and chose to use it to make significant change in their own community.
They started meeting in their own lounge rooms, working out how to fashion a community from their ideals and ideas. Through many meetings, much hard work and a commitment to the principles of co-operation, they created the Northern Geelong Rental Housing Co-operative.
Some years later, through decades of challenge from within and without, the NGRHC has continued to thrive and is now blossoming in a new phase of its history.
NGRHC is a registered Not For Profit Association and a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC). NGRHC also holds Deductable Gift Recipient status which means any person donating money to NGRHC may claim this as a donation and is tax deductable.