Support to end homelessness for indigenous
THE Clarence River traditionally unites the three Aboriginal nations in the Clarence Valley through shared history and heritage, and Gurehlgam Corportation is now uniting the area to stand up and end indigenous homelessness.
Going Home Staying Home Aboriginal homelessness case worker David Monkland said the new service would ensure the homeless indigenous population was supported to achieve safe and stable housing in the community.
"Unemployment, housing affordability, lack of opportunities, space for large families, and drugs and alcohol are some of the factors that contribute to homelessness," Mr Monk-land said.
"We have a no wrong doors policy.
"We help identify a person's strengths, situation and barriers."
Mr Monkland said a person could begin to solve their problems once they had stable housing.
"Anywhere where someone comes home to hang their hat can focus on other parts of their lives.
"But if they're unsettled all their other issues gets put on the backburner."
Mr Monkland said as an Aboriginal man and having worked in the public sector, getting on board with Coming Home Staying Home was important to him.
"I can use my skills and experience to help people find their feet, that's what I want to do," he said.
"Hopefully we can make a difference."
Gurehlgam Corporation teamed up with On Track Community Programs and Northern Rivers Women's Refuge to launch Go Home Stay Home.
Anyone requiring support to sustain or access secure housing phone Gurehlgam Corporation on 6642 6399 or go to 18-26 Victoria St.
1 in 20 indigenous people are homeless.
1 in 284 non-indigenous people are homeless.
75% of Indigenous people are living in severely crowded dwellings, an average of 12 people each.
12% are living in supported accommodation.
6% are staying in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out, and the remainder are staying temporarily with other households, or in other temporary lodgings.
51% of homeless indigenous people are female, compared with 42% of non-indigenous homeless people.
42% of the indigenous homeless population is 18 or under, compared with 23% of non-indigenous homeless people.