June 14, 2016
Foundation Housing Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Gregory has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honour Awards which were announced on Monday 13 June.
Ms Gregory has been recognised for her work in the not for profit housing sector spanning almost 20 years, with almost three decades overall in not for profit organisations.
Well known for her role in affordable housing in Western Australia, Ms Gregory is often called upon to participate in advisory groups or sector-wide initiatives, due to her experience in the development of affordable housing strategies.
Under her leadership, Foundation Housing now provides homes for more than 3,200 West Australians desperately in need of housing.
Ms Gregory also led the organisation to be the first provider of the ‘Foyer’ model in WA, with a purpose built 98-bed dwelling for disadvantage youth undertaking tertiary studies.
She also assists many organisations voluntarily including the Western Australian Council of Homelessness, the United Way Homelessness Coalition, Plan International and others.
Ms Gregory said she is honoured to have received an AM today and will continue to strive for better housing options and outcomes for all West Australians, while also encouraging organisations to work together to achieve results rather than compete against each other.
“It is time to consider new approaches to combat homelessness in WA, not just building houses. People need real support and we must consider investing properly if we are to find a solution to this ever increasing issue.”