Greater independence for tenants is at the heart of the most significant transformation to Aboriginal housing in a decade, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today.
In launching Strong Family, Strong Communities: A Strategic Framework for Aboriginal Housing in NSW, Ms Goward said there will be a focus on providing increased employment and education opportunities for tenants.
“The more Aboriginal people who can get access to support services through housing, the more families and communities that will be empowered to move along the path to greater independence,” Ms Goward said.
“The benefits of this are not just in education and employment but also safety and security for families, together with improved health and wellbeing.”
The strategy aims to build the capacity of the Aboriginal community housing sector, improve housing for Aboriginal people, as well as piloting best practice initiatives in tenancy management.
The NSW Government has invested $33.1 million over four years as part of the 2018-19 Budget to implement the Strategy.
The strategic framework is being launched with a consultation plan that is guided by four principles: respect and trust, listen and yarn, act and deliver and partner and prosper.
“We want to partner with the Aboriginal community and providers in the design and delivery of this Strategy,” Ms Goward said.
“I look forward to seeing the results that our Strategy will have in improving outcomes for Aboriginal people right across NSW over the next decade.”
The framework can be viewed online at https://www.aho.nsw.gov.au/