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The Home in Place P5 Framework

Home in Place has develop the P5 Ethical Framework to guide our actions and reach our objectives under the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan.

The P5 Framework is:

  • People: We will endeavour to support and develop all the people that our activities encounter
  • Place: We will work to create places and communities that allow people to flourish
  • Planet: We will support the protection of the environment for the benefit of future generations
  • Partnership: We will forge and maintain effective and equal partnerships to support our activities
  • Performance: Our achievement of these objectives is founded on a commitment to high standards of performance and a process of continuous improvement.

Why do we need an Ethical Framework?

P5 is a social science platform supported by the Home in Place vision, mission and values and their respective instruments (strategic plans, client service charter, code of conduct) and upon which programs and initiatives are developed and delivered.

It is also grounded in our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and provides a framework that establishes a consistent foundation for the achievement of our Vision, Mission and Values, in a world where constant change impacts our activities.

Our Underlying Assumptions


PEOPLE | A People-Based Approach

We will endeavour to support and develop all the people that our activities encounter.

Grounded in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, our belief in people sees that we first satisfy our basic existence needs, including food and shelter. Once met, we seek to meet our higher-level needs. These include, belongingness, family, friendship, altruism and giving back. Home in Place works with all of these to give shelter, and to assist our tenants and teams to become the best people they aspire to be.

Our assumptions are:

  • People and their improved lives are central to the vision, mission, and values of Home in Place.
    Home in Place clients who respect themselves and respect their place (home and community), gain increased community respect, greater social inclusion and together enhance community sustainability.
  • Tenure options and housing security throughout the stages of life are the essential basis for fulfilment of existence level needs.
    Our definition of ‘People’ includes those presently requiring our services and delivering those services and those who might reasonably be expected to have such needs in the relevant future.
  • A people-based approach mutually benefits the people, the organisation and the community and increase engagement, participation and social cohesion.
  • Skilled, engaged and committed staff tend towards achieving greater organisational outcomes.
  • Respect for the diverse needs of people and acceptance of individual differences promotes personal growth and social inclusion.
  • Breaking down glass ceilings and barriers to personal development derived from low income and lack of family support helps people grow to the extent of their abilities.
  • Supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in culturally sensitive ways works towards overcoming historical disadvantage and ‘closing the gap’.

PLACE | Place-Based Approach

Places are more than physical locations. They are where we connect with others, form networks and live our lives. Good places foster individual development and achievement. Poor places create isolation and conflict. Good places are communities that support and nurture. It is Home in Place’ role to create and develop good places and communities

  • Dwellings that are affordable and appropriate for respective client/s, enhances household stability and community sustainability
  • Appropriate and affordable (adequate) housing is a basic human existence level need and human right.
  • People tend to desire and need to be connected to their place (home, neighbourhood & community).
  • Dwelling and neighbourhood design and provision of facilities, services and transport options can underpin a positive sense of place and positive community connectedness and sustainability.
  • Social inclusion and cohesion has personal, community and economic benefits and is improved by more positive connections to place.
  • Sensitivity to changing tenant health and mobility reflected in modifications and/or design increases positive connection to place and improved lives for relevant households.
  • Social capital thrives in good places and connects people to each other and to wider networks of personal development and support.
  • People feel connected to place when communities reflect a culturally sensitive environment.
  • Communities can be physical and virtual and social inclusion and engagement with Home in Place is enhanced by access and competency to use the internet.
  • Embedding Home in Place in our places of concentrated social housing through the provision of Community Hubs and area-focused strategies alleviates the impact of poverty and improves the quality of life.
  • Addressing quality of life and community well-being reduces vulnerability and suicide risk.

PLANET |  Planet-Based Approach

There is no Planet B

Awareness has grown in recent years of the impact of climate change as a current event, rather than something to expect in the future.

Incontrovertible science points to our need to take action now.

Home in Place recognised this in 2014 and has developed a sustainability program that has now committed to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These inform our 2020-2030 Strategic Plan and our ambitions for zero-carbon operation.

  • Long-term sustainability and resilience of communities are improved by stabilising/reducing human-induced global warming.
  • Achievement of the global objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for nations, communities, families and individuals to contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • Assisting our tenants and our communities to contribute with sustainable behaviours makes a major contribution to climate change reduction.
  • Fostering responsible energy and water consumption helps sustainability and reduces cost for our residents.

PARTNERSHIP | Partnership-Based Approach

The Home in Place Mission is ambitious and confronts many complexities and cannot be achieved alone.

Strong and effective partnerships are an essential ingredient.

Our primary partnerships are with our residents and our colleagues in Home in Place. Together we co-produce a substantial and effective housing service. The varied support needs of our people and places are met through community engagement and links to the necessary provision of services to ensure sustainable tenancies.

  • Home in Place implementation of its vision and objectives are materially dependent on strategic partnerships.
  • Sustainable Development Goal 17 is the partnership goal and reinforces Home in Place’ commitment to creating sustainable partnerships that impact at a global, national, State and local level.
  • Our partners assist us extend and improve what we deliver to meet the needs of our residents.
  • In good partnerships, we help partners meet their vision and mission.

PERFORMANCE | Asset Based Approach

Our achievement of responsibilities to People, Place, Planet and Partnership are grounded in good performance and continuous improvement.

Effectiveness and efficiency underpin the achievement of the Home in Place Vision and Mission and our commitment to the SDGs.

  • Home in Place must fulfil its rightful and proper duties as a landlord as an end in itself, as a means towards greater client reciprocity and as a means to achieving greater client engagement.
  • A housing asset should be managed so that it is of acceptable standard to meet the needs of its occupants.
  • The life of the dwelling can be extended by diligent property management.
  • The rental return on a property should be maximised by diligent tenancy management and financial management practices.
  • Housing assets should be strategically optimised to meet housing demand and with sound economic management.
  • Advocacy for increased housing supply fulfils our responsibility to effectively meet the human right to adequate housing.
  • Our ability to develop social and affordable housing supply is limited by our capacity to bear the ‘funding gap’ between the actual costs and the level of subsidy and support available in current State and federal policy.

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