Given that Aboriginal People represent over 13.8% (likely an undercount) of the homeless population in Victoria yet receive less than 3% of funding, one of our current key strategic directions is a call for a National Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Plan. The development of a National Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Plan presents a unique opportunity for the AHHF to highlight to government the culturally distinct causes of homelessness and the impacts of Aboriginal housing exclusion. The five strategic goals of the AHHF as per Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort are:
- Secure housing improves life outcomes;
- Build supply to meet the needs of a growing Aboriginal population;
- Open doors to home ownership and private rental;
- An Aboriginal focused homelessness system and;
- A capable system that delivers Aboriginal housing needs.
In order to achieve the five objectives contained within Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort we are seeking the following commitments to help end Aboriginal homelessness and housing stress –
- A 10% target new funding allocation for Aboriginal housing and homelessness.
- A Commonwealth commitment of 3000 new dwellings for Aboriginal Housing each year.
- A State commitment of a minimum of 300 new dwellings for Aboriginal housing each year.
- A National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing and Homelessness Plan that builds the capability and capacity of Aboriginal Housing Providers, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Traditional owner corporations that is appropriately resourced .
- Commonwealth and state government investment to pilot and establish two ACCO Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Victoria.
- A State government funds to fully implement the Blueprint a specific Aboriginal Homeless service system.
- State government funding to develop an Aboriginal Workforce Strategy and Implementation plan for Housing and Homelessness.