Excellence in addressing Indigenous homelessness

Larrakia Nation Aboriginal CorporationGroup of adults and children sitting and standing on sand.

The Watch House – Pick Up and Case Management project, NT

Targeting long-term homeless Indigenous men in Darwin, Larrakia Nation’s Watch House project provides a bus pick up service at 6am for those who have spent a night in custody. Once picked up, clients can be dropped at a safe location of their choice or go to Larrakia’s halfway house or shelter. Following breakfast and a shower, diversions are used as an alternative, including the ‘Fix-’em-up Crew’ where men are trained in repair work.

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Community Services - Specialist Aboriginal Team through Wentworth Community Housing, NSW

Wentworth Community Housing Limited provides affordable rental housing and other housing assistance to people who are on low to medium incomes. They play an integral part of the outer Western Sydney area, managing 1968 properties and housing 4,000 adults and children. In July 2010, Wentworth established a Specialist Aboriginal Team to deliver an assertive outreach program for Aboriginal people and to connect them with essential services, support and housing.

The Specialist Aboriginal Team focuses on intentionally adapting services to Aboriginal-specific practice and changing policies to ensure they don’t restrict culturally appropriate services. Between July 2011 and October 2012, the Specialist Aboriginal Team connected with and provided support to 463 Indigenous Australians who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in the outer Western Sydney region. Of them, 43 were housed and another 47 received support services such as detox and other drug/alcohol services, rehabilitation, mental health and primary health care. Wentworth has also seen the percentage of Indigenous tenants increase.

Kurlana Tampawardli (New Houses on the Plains) through Uniting Communities, SA

Kurlana Tampawardli – the New Houses on the Plains – is an Aboriginal Transitional Housing Outreach Service facilitated by Uniting Communities. It provides short and medium term transitional accommodation and support to Aboriginal people from regional and remote Communities who arrive in Adelaide with little support and uncertain accommodation options. Transitional homelessness is experienced by many Indigenous people in South Australia, and Kurlana Tampawardli offers a range of services including outreach support to facilitate medium or long-term public or private accommodation.

To learn more about these programs read the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards finalist booklet.


Content Updated: 27 September 2013