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Michael Perusco


Michael Perusco was appointed Chief Executive of Yarra Community Housing (YCH) in October 2015. YCH recently merged with Urban Communities Limited and is Victoria’s largest provider of community housing. YCH has a particular focus on housing people with a history of homelessness and disadvantage.

Michael’s passion to end homelessness and address Australia’s housing affordability crisis has been evident throughout much of his career in the corporate, community and government sectors. Prior to joining YCH, Michael was CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, one of the state’s largest and diverse community organisations with a presence in over 420 communities.

His experience also includes nine years as CEO of Sacred Heart Mission, a Victorian organisation that works with people experiencing homelessness, where he lead the development of the ground breaking Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) project. Michael has also been Chairperson of the Council to Homeless Persons and Australians for Affordable Housing and a member of the NSW Premiers Council on Homelessness and the Board of the NSW Council of Social Services.

Michael is currently a member of the Board of the Federal Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Community Housing Federation of Victoria.

He also has experience in the commercial sector including KPMG and Arthur Andersen, and has worked at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he had responsibility for a range of social policy areas including the social inclusion and not-for-profit reform agendas.

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