Accolades honour State’s social housing initiatives

The Department of Communities has picked up three prestigious awards at the 2017 Australasian Housing Institute’s (AHI) WA Professional Excellence in Housing Awards, held last night at the Flour Factory in Perth.

The awards recognise the housing professionals who have made a significant and lasting difference to tenants, clients, the community, and their profession.

The winner of the Leading Community Engagement Practice award is the Transitional Housing Program, developed by the department with the Kimberley Development Commission.

Community Housing Limited, the Wunan Foundation, Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services, and Centacare Kimberley are also key partners.

The program provides stable, affordable housing and support services for eligible Aboriginal people. It aims to build the capacity of participants to achieve self-sufficiency, financial security, household stability and ultimately home ownership.

The Transitional Housing Program utilises housing as a platform to improve employment and educational outcomes, and facilitates intergenerational change.

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