Transitional Housing Program

Centacare Kimberley is working with the WA Housing Authority and Community Housing Limited to provide the West Kimberley Transitional Housing Program in Broome and Derby.

The Transitional Housing Program is an exciting new opportunity for local Aboriginal people who wish to buy their own homes or to enter the private rental market. The key aim is to build financial independence for Aboriginal people living in the communities of Broome and Derby, reducing the risk of homelessness and reliance on public and community housing.

The program is based in 40 properties (units or family homes) in Broome, and 20 in Derby. Individuals, couples and families participating in the program live in this transitional accommodation and commit that, over a period of two years, they will work to develop the finances, skills and supports that they need to undertake private rental or affordable home ownership.

Aboriginal people living in either Broome or Derby for over 12 months who are employed and/or in training are eligible to participate. If they have children, participants must ensure that they are regularly attending school.

Centacare Transitional Support Workers provide and coordinate tailored comprehensive support packages agreed with each participant and based on the participant’s own needs, strengths, and goals. Available support services include: financial planning; referrals to specialist health, welfare, financial counselling, employment and training services; practical home management and living skills; mentoring for maintaining work and training; assistance with parenting, school attendance and family issues; and assistance with home loan applications. Participants are supported to access the Housing Authority’s shared equity scheme, allowing them to reach home ownership sooner by purchasing a percentage of a property in conjunction with the Authority.

To find out more about the programme ring either Marissa Randell in Broome on 9192 1302, or Tauri Louden in Derby on 9193 1946. If you are interested in this program please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ document which can be downloaded from the Links Menu.

We are grateful for the funding and support for this program through the Kimberley Development Commission (KDC) and the Housing Authority (the Authority).