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Rebecca Pinkstone named as inaugural head of Homes NSW

The Government has just announced the new head of Homes NSW which is to start operation on 1 February 2024. Homes NSW will be established within the department of Communities and Justice. The text of the DCJ media release of 21 December 2023 is provided below.

Rebecca Pinkstone has been named the inaugural Chief Executive of Homes NSW, the new Department of Communities and Justice division to drive positive change in the housing and homelessness sectors.

Ms Pinkstone has almost two decades of experience in the housing sector, most recently as the Chief Executive Office of Community Housing Provider Bridge Housing.

She will lead Homes NSW to deliver better outcomes for social and affordable housing tenants and applicants, boost affordable and social housing supply, and help reduce the rate of homelessness across NSW.

The NSW Government is delivering on an election commitment to establish Homes NSW. The agency will help rebuild and restructure the social and affordable housing system, to create a seamless approach with a focus on people front and centre.

Homes NSW consolidates the housing and homelessness functions of the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO), streamlining services by bringing them under one roof.

Prior to joining Bridge Housing, Ms Pinkstone held senior policy, strategy and program roles in NSW Government.

Ms Pinkstone takes up her new role on 1 February 2024.

Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice Michael Tidball said:

“Homes NSW represents a significant opportunity to reform the homelessness and social housing sectors towards better outcomes, at a time when the need for housing has never been greater. 

“The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) supports some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we look forward to delivering improved services through Homes NSW under Rebecca’s leadership.”

Chief Executive of Homes NSW Rebecca Pinkstone said:

“I am excited about this incredible opportunity to deliver more social and affordable housing and a better experience for residents.

“With housing pressures front of mind for so many people, the need for this change is critically important and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson said:

“Homes NSW puts people at the heart of housing and will cut red tape by forming a single entity to deliver new social and affordable housing and assist people in need to get a roof over their heads.

“I am thrilled that someone with Rebecca’s skills, experience and passion for social and affordable housing will be driving reform in the sector to ensure more people have access to safe and stable homes.”

Source: Media Release from DCJ Media Unit. Also online at DPE-LAHC