More than a house

More than a house

Wed 27 June, 2018

Today, the State Government announced the expansion of  transitional housing into South Hedland, as the first project in the Pilbara to be delivered under North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund.

The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is a major initiative of the State Government’s regional services reform and one of 10 priority actions in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap.

The fund is designed to increase housing options and tailored wrap-around support for Aboriginal families to empower them to achieve economic independence by incentivising participation in education and employment.

The Hedland Transitional Housing Project will see 40 government-owned dwellings repurposed as transitional housing, with eligible tenants likely to move into the properties in 2019.

Director, Regional Services Reform Unit, Steve Parry, said the fund is a step towards transforming how we deliver services so that they are more person-centred and place-based, including integrating housing and support services.

“Among Aboriginal people in Western Australia, those living in the Pilbara have on average the highest levels of workforce participation and income. Despite this, the Pilbara has one of the lowest rates of Aboriginal home ownership in the State.

“This $18 million project is expected to increase school attendance, employment and housing choices for at least 40 Aboriginal families in Hedland, as well as improve overall family well-being and economic independence.

“We are working in partnership with local Aboriginal organisations, representative corporate bodies and service providers, to deliver tailored transitional housing that meets the needs of local Aboriginal families.” Mr Parry said.

A co-design workshop in South Hedland today, focused on the design of wrap-around support services and housing principles for the 40 houses with local Aboriginal organisations and service providers.

Housing Minister Tinley and local member Kevin Michel with co-design participants Charmaine and Zoey. 

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