Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign

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Join our Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign 

The Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Allies support this Campaign to let the NSW Government know that Housing is a Basic Right and that we want Action on making Housing Affordable. 

The Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Allies include: 

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre

Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Aboriginal Housing Company Limited

Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation

Aboriginal Children’s Service Limited

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited

NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network

Inner Sydney Aboriginal Interagency Network

Shelter New South Wales

Tenants' Union of New South Wales

Women's & Girls' Emergency Centre

REDwatch

Inner Sydney VOICE

Weave Youth & Community Services

Sydney University Settlement Neighbourhood Centre

The Fact Tree Youth Service

Sydney Community Forum

South Sydney Uniting Church

Counterpoint Community Services

Redfern Legal Centre

Redfern is, and has been, an important place for Aboriginal People. This is where the Aboriginal Civil Rights Movement began and where many actions for Self-determination took place such as the 1938 Day of Mourning, the 1965 Freedom Ride, and the ongoing struggle for Land Rights.

The founding of services including the Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Children’s Service, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Housing Company, Redfern All Blacks, the Black Theatre Arts & Culture Centre, Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care and Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation became models for the rest of Australia.

The gentrification of inner Sydney suburbs has meant that historically working class suburbs such as Redfern and Waterloo have become highly desirable suburbs in the "property market" and the rent hikes have been astronomical so that Aboriginal people who were living in these suburbs in private rental are now locked out. 

Many Aboriginal community members who are in social housing in Redfern and Waterloo continue to live there, with the Aboriginal services they access are still there too. Many Aboriginal people who grew up there, still see this as their home but can’t afford to rent in the area. Therefore Aboriginal people working in Aboriginal services cannot afford to live in the community where they work. Also Aboriginal people in the area who are starting employment and training on modest incomes have to leave the community due to the cost of living in the area today. What is missing is affordable housing for Aboriginal people in Redfern and Waterloo.  

We seek a policy response and commitment to targets from the NSW Government to deliver Aboriginal affordable housing on all "government controlled" land in the Redfern Waterloo area. 

I support the Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations’ campaign for Aboriginal affordable housing in Redfern and Waterloo.

I call on the NSW government to deliver: 

1. 10% Aboriginal Affordable Housing

In all government redevelopments in the Redfern Waterloo area. 


2. An increase in Aboriginal Social Housing

Including ensuring that any community housing provider must either be Aboriginal owned and managed or if not, work in partnership with an Aboriginal led organisation.


3. Aboriginal Jobs and Ongoing Employment 

Targets for Aboriginal employment and contracts for construction and for Aboriginal employment in the provision of ongoing services in all government redevelopments in the Redfern Waterloo area.

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