The family violence challenge...five years on from Royal Commission
The number of Aboriginal women presenting to services for family violence support in Victoria has increased by 31 percent in the five years since the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
And as the National Summit on Women's Safety for 2021 draws to a close, family violence remains a key driver of Aboriginal women’s homelessness, commonly cited as one of the main reasons why Aboriginal women seek support from Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS). In Victoria in 2017-2018, 1 in 3 (33.6%) Aboriginal SHS clients required family violence support.
Are you driven by outcomes for the Aboriginal community?
Aboriginal Housing Victoria is embarking on a pioneering project to review and provide recommendations to reform homelessness services for Aboriginal people, and to provide pathways from homelessness through to long-term, sustainable housing.
And we need people with experience in system review and design to make this happen.
Mia Mia, edition 2 2021
The second Mia Mia renter newsletter for 2021 has been published.
- Update on the Aboriginal Rapid Housing Response Program
- NAIDOC Week 2021 celebrations and competitions for renters
- More Than A Landlord program update
- Aboriginal Community Home Connect
- Tenant Satisfaction Survey results
- Support contacts for our community
- Power saving bonus opportunity for eligible households, and more!
A line in the sand on housing outcomes for First Australians
In a first for homeless and housing policy in Australia, the Victorian Government and Victoria’s Aboriginal community has released a comprehensive, warts and all, Report Card on housing outcomes experienced by Aboriginal Victorians.
The report brings together 20 key measures of housing security and compares outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians with outcomes for the mainstream population and First Nations people across Australia.
Telephone support program highlighting gaps in community services
Three months ago we launched Aboriginal Community Home Connect, a free telephone support service for Aboriginal tenants living in Victorian social housing.
Home Connect is funded by the Victorian Government as a six-month project, offering support, resources and check-ups to over 4000 Aboriginal community and public housing households throughout Victoria.
Research into barriers faced by Aboriginal private renters
Opportunity to participate in research to help us understand the barriers faced by Aboriginal Victorians who want to live in private rental housing.
This project is a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology, the Victorian Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, Aboriginal Housing Victoria and the Consumer Policy Research Centre.
Celebrating 40 years of Aboriginal housing
Today marks 40 years since the Aboriginal Housing Board of Victoria held its inaugural meeting for what is now the largest Aboriginal housing organisation in Australia.
The establishment of the Housing Board – known today as Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) – is the product of a vision and determination to improve housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.
Mia Mia, edition 1 2021
The first Mia Mia renter newsletter for 2021 has been published.
In this edition:
- The launch of Aboriginal Community Home Connect,
- Information about the Tenant Satisfaction Survey 2021,
- A COVID-19 update,
- Heads up on the NAIDOC Week 2021 theme,
- Information about the Aboriginal Rapid Housing Response Program,
- A review of a big first year for Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort,
- And an update on our new developments.
AHV introduces new logo
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) is proud to represent over 4000 tenants and household members, each with their own unique stories, cultural ties and connections to Country.
We are also very privileged to operate on the lands of Aboriginal people, who have respected, cared for and had a deep connection to these lands for thousands of years.
Indigenous Homelessness in COVID-19: what have we learnt
AHV CEO Darren Smith has presented at the National Homelessness Conference (NHC) 2020. Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on Aboriginal housing and homelessness, Mr Smith noted the key role that Victorian Aboriginal organisations have played in driving the response in our communities.
Reform on public drunkenness laws will help to prevent future tragedies
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) has welcomed the announcement of legislation to end public drunkenness as an offence in the state.
The announcement follows the release of independent report Seeing the Clear Light of Day, which recommends a public health-based response to public drunkenness.
Landmark collaboration by Victorian Aboriginal organisations leads economic recovery
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) and 18 Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), Traditional Owner groups and Aboriginal Trusts are celebrating the announcement of a successful bid for the $35m Aboriginal Rapid Housing Response, aimed at stimulating the economy through the building industry.
More Needed to Close the Gap on Indigenous Home Ownership
The Commonwealth Government’s announcement of a $150m investment in an Indigenous Home Ownership Program will be welcome news for the more than 60,000 First Australians living in Victoria, 17% of whom will present to homeless agencies in urgent need of support this year. Government investment to assist more Indigenous Victorians to purchase their own home was a core ambition of Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort, the Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework, which was released in February this year.
Aboriginal housing provider taps into connectivity with free-call number
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) the largest community housing provider in the country has launched a free call number 1800 248 842 (AHV VIC) for tenants in response to the challenges many face in making calls via prepaid mobile phones.
The 1800 number provides a free alternate to AHV’s current local number, where callers can seek tenancy, maintenance and other support, as well as make general enquiries to the organisation.
A great start in finding a home for more Aboriginal Victorians
The largest Aboriginal community housing agency in Australia, Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV), today welcomed funding announcements from the Victorian Government to upgrade and build more social housing for Aboriginal Victorians.
Funds to support Aboriginal housing in Vic
A $5.3 million plan to support Aboriginal Victorians beating homelessness and maintaining long-term housing aims to make changes within a generation.
The Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework will fund initiatives such as an Aboriginal-specific private rental program, community engagement activities and exploring future housing investment.
Community demands action on Victoria’s Aboriginal housing crisis
Aboriginal people in Victoria face a higher risk of homelessness than anywhere else in the country according to a landmark framework examining the impact of the state’s housing crisis on Aboriginal people.