Stephen Bevington

Founder and Managing Director, Community Housing Limited

VICNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

Growing up in England, Stephen Bevington spent 15 years sleeping rough, couch surfing and living in insecure accommodation. His experience of homelessness inspired a lifelong dedication to creating affordable housing for those in need.

After migrating to Australia with his family, Stephen founded Community Housing Limited (CHL) 26 years ago. From a one-man operation in Melbourne, CHL has grown to have a presence across Australia, East Timor, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, India, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea. Under Stephen’s leadership, CHL has become the largest not-for-profit social and affordable housing provider in Australia, managing more than 11,000 properties nationwide.

Stephen has helped more than half a million families directly and indirectly. He is passionate about prioritising people with the most complex needs for affordable housing. CHL also creates employment and training in construction, especially in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen’s strong leadership ensured CHL continued to serve the most vulnerable while caring for the safety and wellbeing of its staff and clients.