Shelter WA is pleased to be working in partnership across four Aboriginal Community Housing Organisations (ACHOs) over the next six months on a dedicated project supported by Lotterywest.
With Noongar Mia Mia, Southern Aboriginal Corporation, Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation and the Murchison Regional Aboriginal Corporation we will optimise their current assets, build on their professionalism and through a peer-to-peer learning approach build collective capability supported by the technical expertise shared across the organisations.
This work aligns with State and Federal Government policies. This includes the Department of Communities Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) Strategy and All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030 and the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy. Also the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, in particular Priority Nine that people can secure appropriate, affordable housing that is aligned with their priorities and need.
WA Aboriginal Housing Peak Body
At a strategic level, discussions are occurring between the Aboriginal community housing organisations, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association (NATSIHA), Shelter WA and the WA Government on the formation of a WA Aboriginal Housing Peak Body, and how this relates to the new Aboriginal Social Services Peak Body being established by the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, to drive Closing the Gap outcomes.
A recent meeting was facilitated by Noongar Mia Mia with NATSIHA, ACHOs and State Government representatives to discuss Closing the Gap and how our sector can have input into WA’s policy development and responses.