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.
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.
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.
'Lowest point of my life': Debra's long road back from sleeping in her car
Clay Lucas, The Age
The low point in Debra’s life came in 2017 when, with barely a cent to her name, she parked her beat-up 2003 Hyundai next to a football oval in Deer Park and settled in to sleep for the night.