More than 60 people attended the launch at the Army & Navy Club in Acland Street, including many who had known the organisation from its very early days such as Cynthia Levey.
Following the renovations there were 8 single rooms and 1 double room providing accommodation for a total of 10 tenants.]]>
The upgrading of the property was scheduled for April 1987. The front half of the property was re-opened in September 1988 with the rear bedsits at Mitchell Street re-opening only a short time later. The nomination rights for tenancies rests with Sacred Heart Mission, who provide whatever support the tenants may need.]]>
The building has 8 one-bedroom flats with the Uniting Church maintaining nomination rights to two of the flats through the St Kilda Drop-In Centre and the Inner South Community Health Service has nomination rights over the remainder of the flats.]]>
At that time the house had 37 rooms, 31 of which were for singles and six were for doubles.
Since then, first the St Kilda Rooming House Issues Group and later St Kilda Community Housing Ltd had their base on the ground floor of Elenara. SCH moved out from Elenara in June 2011. Following another upgrade of the property in 1996, the house now accommodates 35 people.]]>
The original plan was to convert the 19 rooms into 19 bedsits but this was changed to 17 bedsits and a 1 bedroom flat.
The Jackson Street development was one of the first undertaken by the Office of Housing to offer bedsit accommodation under the Rooming House Program.
In 2010 the property will undergo some internal refurbishment.]]>
In February 1985 the Group put foward a proposal to the Office of Housing to manage Avoncourt. The initial intent was that it would continue to be run as a boarding house with two housekeepers living on the premises. This meant supplying residents with meals. Over time, this model changed to that of a rooming house.
In 2007-2008 Avoncourt was again redeveloped under a joint venture between St Kilda Community Housing and the Office of Housing. It now provides 17 rooms and 10 bedsits.
Avoncourt was where the St Kilda Rooming House Issues Group had its first offices.]]>
The Manse was originally managed by Hanover for the Uniting Church until February 1988 when the St Kilda Rooming Issues Group took over .
At the time the Group took over management, the Manse had 13 rooms but, after renovations in 1994, the rooms were made larger to bring them up to acceptable standards. There are now 10 rooms in the house.]]>
The property had been run as a private rooming house for many years which meant that the rooms were not up to the standard expected of public rooming houses. Following renovation of the building, its 39 rooms became 26.]]>