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Unity Housing CEO receives lifetime achievement honour

Unity Housing Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Woodward, has been honoured with a prestigious PowerHousing Australia Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contribution to not for profit community housing.

Norwood-based Unity Housing Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Woodward, has been honoured with a prestigious PowerHousing Australia Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contribution to not for profit community housing.

PowerHousing Australia is a national network of leading not for profit community housing providers, collectively responsible for developing, managing and providing over 38,000 units of social and affordable housing to over 80,000 people across Australia. 

Matthew said the award, which specifically recognised his involvement in community housing in South Australia and dedication to PowerHousing Australia, left him speechless.
“It was totally unexpected and a real honour. I was taken aback and lost for words,” Matthew said.

“To receive something like this from your colleagues and peers, who you’ve worked with for many years really means something.”

Matthew has worked as a social worker, manager and in policy development across both the Government and non-Government sectors in South Australia. His active leadership and involvement in both government and community committees, boards and forums is evidence of his commitment to the sector.

“Having worked in human services for over 30 years I am passionate and committed to improving housing outcomes for people at risk,” Matthew said.

“In my seven years as CEO at Unity Housing the Company has grown its housing property portfolio from 850 to over 2000 and has undertaken $78 million of development projects, which are creating more housing opportunities for South Australians.”

One such project, the Northern Region Affordable Housing Initiative, was also recognised with an Innovation and Leadership award from PowerHouse Australia, for its delivery of new affordable housing in the mid-North. 
 
“The award was in recognition of demonstrated innovation and leadership, which has led to enhanced outcomes for tenants, reduced housing stress and has contributed to regional communities and economies,” Matthew said.

“I would like to congratulate our Board of Directors, the Unity team and our consultant on this project, Leedwell Strategic, for their commitment, teamwork and collaboration with a large number of stakeholders to achieve an outcome of 80 new affordable houses in regional South Australia.”

The award was presented to Matthew at PowerHousing Australia’s annual awards ceremony held in Adelaide this year.