Winner of the Local History – Small Publication Award, 2019 Victorian Community History Awards
This award recognises the best small publication or e-book which features Victorian local, cultural or social history.
The opening story of Violet Coppin encapsulates the dire circumstances of numerous people struggling to find accommodation and the professional skills and humanity of the South Port Community Housing Group. Violet’s bleak life began in an orphanage. In her twilight years, the Housing Group provided both a home and kind support.
Stunning photographs of state-owned heritage buildings appear throughout the book. These buildings, managed by the Housing Group for low-income tenants, confer dignity on marginalised people. The handsome book itself is a source of pride for all the social workers and tenants involved. The personal stories of staff and residents alternate in this collaborative and impressive book.
South and Port Melbourne were once home for the poor. From the 1970’s, public housing replaced ‘slums’ and community housing evolved to house single people dislocated by rising property prices and rents. The book tells that story and documents the growth of a unique community organisation, South Port Community Housing Group Ltd.
Published by the South Port Community Housing Group Inc
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