Welcome to BHC
BHC is an industry leader and innovator within the field of affordable housing.
A not-for-profit organisation, our vision is to create thriving, diverse communities via a unique business model which combines affordable housing with commercial product. This financially and socially sustainable approach enables us to create high quality, mixed tenure developments which incorporate elements of affordable housing, market for sale product, retail and commercial space.
With a portfolio in excess of 1,500 homes Brisbane wide, we are experts in our field, capable of managing every stage of the development process from concept through to completion. We also provide specialist property and tenancy management services through our dedicated operations team.
BHC developments place a high emphasis on design and liveability, choosing our locations carefully and partnering with some of Australia’s most award-winning architects to create thoughtfully-designed, affordable rental and market for sale homes in key growth areas throughout Brisbane.
Housing help for city seniors - Bowen Terrace, New Farm
From left: BHC Chairman Professor John McAuliffe AM, Housing Minister Hon. Tim Mander MP and Blue Care Director of Property Services Mr Frank Riley.
A vacant 1960s building in the heart of New Farm will soon be transformed into low cost housing for seniors struggling with the cost of inner-city rents.
Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the 51 unit, $12 million development was aimed squarely at people who would otherwise struggle to make ends meet.
“The Queensland Government promised to ease the cost of living for families, and that’s particularly important when it comes to helping retirees on modest incomes,” Mr Mander said.
“Projects like this one will allow seniors on low to moderate incomes, many of whom have lived in the inner-city for many years, to remain a part of their local communities, instead of being forced out by rising rents.
“Because, these units are being delivered under the National Rental Affordability Scheme, residents can be guaranteed that rent will be capped at no more than 80% of the market rent for the area.”
The refurbishment is being delivered in partnership with Queensland not-for-profit affordable housing provider BHC and the not-for-profit service provider Blue Care.
BHC CEO David Cant said the two parties will share ownership of the apartments, with BHC overseeing the finished product in terms of its physical appearance and the management practices implemented.
“BHC will work with leading architects to ensure the refurbished apartments look fantastic, have strong environmental and liveability features, and fit the aesthetics of the local community,” Mr Cant said.
Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said Blue Care would also provide community care services to the residents of Bowen Court as their needs changed.
“Blue Care has provided housing for seniors at Bowen Court for more than four decades as a retirement village. Initiating a partnership with BHC has enabled Blue Care to give Bowen Court a new lease on life, and for us to continue our commitment to the provision of affordable housing for seniors in New Farm,” Ms Batten said.
Mr Mander said the development provided people with not only an affordable home, but a great community lifestyle.
“Well located and affordable housing is fundamental to older people remaining independent and connected to their local communities,” he said.
“The core structure of the existing building will be kept intact, and internal renovations will result in high-quality apartments that will blend in with the local area.
“Each unit will be designed to a silver standard of liveability, incorporating seven core design features that can accommodate future accessibility needs. In addition, six of the ground floor units will be fully adaptable for those residents with physical disabilities.”
Mr Mander said the government was committed to delivering an additional 12,000 social and affordable housing dwellings throughout the state.
“Our job is to make sure Queensland has a flexible, efficient and supportive housing system that gives all Queenslanders a safe and affordable place to call home”.