The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund (Fund) will invest in projects that increase affordable, suitable and stable housing options, increase opportunities for educational attainment and job stability, and empower Aboriginal people and communities.
The focus to date has been on expanding on the State Government’s successful transitional housing model, developed in partnership with Wunan Foundation, which is operating in several Kimberley towns. This model helps Aboriginal participants to set life management goals, manage personal finances and access community support networks.
The first investment delivered through the Fund is an expansion of the Transitional Housing Program in the East Kimberley. This project is being co-designed with Binarri-binyja yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation, the backbone organisation of Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley.
The transitional housing model is also being expanded into the Pilbara. This project will see 40 government-owned houses repurposed as transitional housing, with eligible participants likely to move into the properties in late 2020. Support services for the 40 Hedland houses are being co-designed with local Aboriginal organisations.
In 2019 the Fund sought potential partners to nominate project ideas that will contribute to the further achievement of Fund outcomes in the North-West. Potential partners were invited to put forward ideas to the Fund through a Request for Expressions of Interest process which closed on 31 May 2019.
The Fund recognises the importance of developing genuine and strong partnerships with local Aboriginal organisations, service providers and other partners to ensure projects are designed to meet the needs and aspirations of local Aboriginal people. Projects supported through the Fund will be community driven, collaborative, flexible and based on genuine dialogue. Our approach will be strength-based and will focus on addressing systemic barriers and building local capacity.
All projects that involve new housing construction will provide apprenticeships, traineeships and jobs for local Aboriginal people.
Over four years, the fund is expected to achieve:
- increased school attendance for at least 600 Aboriginal children
- participation in jobs and training by at least 300 adults
- apprenticeships for 30 young people
- eventual home ownership for at least 15 families
- about $25 million in services and construction contracts for Aboriginal organisations.
The Fund is a State Government initiative proudly supported by Royalties for Regions and the Australian Government.