Broome Community Housing Forum

Shelter WA was pleased to host a community forum, in partnership with Foundation Housing, to discuss affordable housing in Broome.

[L-R] Mariana Logan and Kathleen Gregory, Foundation Housing and Michelle Mackenzie, Shelter WA

The Move To Town program provided the opportunity to hear from the Department of Communities about the North West Aboriginal Housing Fund and their social and affordable housing programs.

Ninielia Mills, the Manager of Community Development at Nyamba Buru Yawuru provided an overview of Yawuru Housing and the range of programs they offer to cater for a variety of housing requirements across the housing continuum and the strong cultural foundation of wellbeing that weaves people, culture and country together and underpins their success.

[L-R] Ninielia Mills, Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Andre Stuyt, Shire of Broome

Michael King, the CEO of Centacare Kimberley outlined their work in housing and tenancy support and Foundation Housing CEO Kathleen Gregory provided an overview of their Broome housing options and partnerships with local agencies to connect tenants to services help them sustain their tenancies.

Attendees, who were from State and local government, business and the community sector workshopped the issues, barriers and housing needs in Broome and the next steps needed to progress action. Shelter WA was pleased to facilitate this discussion and looks forward to working with the Broome community to progress outcomes.

[L-R] Kathleen Gregory, Foundation Housing and Jeanette Bryson, Department of Communities

About Foundation Housing
Foundation Housing is a West Australian community housing organisation that provides affordable housing for people on low and moderate incomes.

Foundation Housing supports over 3,000 people in 126 suburbs and towns across WA. More than just accommodation, they provide a high level of service and support to help tenants sustain their home in partnership with service agencies. They do this because they understand that having a safe and secure home provides a foundation for tenants to look forward with hope. Further information can be found here.

About Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) 
The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around Rubibi (the town of Broome) from Bangarangara to the Yalimban (south) to Wirrjinmirr (Willie Creek) to the Guniyan (north), and Banu (east) covering Roebuck Plains and Thangoo pastoral leases, in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. Yawuru is committed to a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy and enabling Yawuru and other Aboriginal people to become active and prosperous participants in the region.

The NBY vision incorporates commercial success with the renaissance of Yawuru cultural values and practices, embodied in the philosophy of ‘mabu liyan’ (good spirit) which is a holistic understanding of positive wellbeing that incorporates personal, social and environmental aspects that contribute to a good life. Website here.

About Centacare Kimberley
Centacare Kimberley provides a range of social support services to the people of the Kimberley in the locations of Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Balgo, Warmun and Wyndham. This includes in partnership with MercyCare providing short stay accommodation to people visiting Derby or Broome. Also providing assistance to individuals, couples and families who are sleeping rough, are homeless, or, are at risk of becoming homeless. Through their Homeless Outreach program they work with people to overcome barriers to accessing and maintaining long term stable accommodation.

Also they work with the WA Housing Authority and Community Housing Limited to provide the West Kimberley Transitional Housing Program in Broome and Derby, providing an opportunity for local Aboriginal people who wish to buy their own homes or to enter the private rental market. They are involved in supporting applicants of the Move To Town Program. Website here.

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