Media release from the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company
The Central Australian Affordable Housing Company outlined a new way forward for remote Indigenous and Town Camp housing in the Territory at yesterday’s Public Accounts Committee hearing.
CAAHC CEO Sally Langton described the Northern Territory’s public housing model as “systemically broken” and said it was failing to provide adequate housing services to Alice Springs Town Camps.
Sally Langton at the hearing
“We believe there are lessons to be learned from the past seven years’ of Territory Housing’s involvement in Town Camps,” Ms Langton said.
“There is also the opportunity for change if the Government is willing to embrace a new model of housing service delivery and long term housing reform for Aboriginal Territorians.
“The development of a real and sustainable community housing sector in the NT is an opportunity for government at all levels to get it right and start to Close the Gap in Aboriginal housing and living standards.”
The CAAHC submission to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Housing Repairs and Maintenance on Town Camps describes the application of a public housing model on Town Camps as a terrible mistake.
“We concluded that the arrangement was simply the most diabolical, confusing, disempowering arrangement we had ever come across; not just for CAAHC as the service provider, but most notably for the tenants on the Town Camps.
“People who were accustomed to having a community response to their housing were required to have individualised contracts and assume a high level of individual responsibility without any obvious reciprocal rights. (more…)