CHL is one of the mainstream housing organisations with strong aboriginal partnerships. The core approach of CHL has been to generate trust through engagement, sympathetic and responsive management, delivery on promises and improvement in housing conditions and supply.
In WA CHL has developed an Aboriginal Community Development Strategy to guide the company’s engagement and activities in Aboriginal communities and with Aboriginal people across Australia with a focus on opportunities for aboriginal training and employment. CHL employs three Aboriginal people in the Kununurra office and two in the Kalgoorlie office. Aboriginal employees comprise 25% of CHL’s WA staff.
CHL manages housing in 16 communities including 230 properties in the East Kimberley, and in 7 communities including 126 properties in the Goldfields under Remote Aboriginal Housing contracts with the WA Housing Authority.
An our Transitional housing Program includes Kimberley Aboriginal families in Kununurra (40), Halls Creek (15) and, as of 1 April 2016, Broome (29).
CHL has a range of strong formal and informal partnerships with Aboriginal organisations.
In WA this includes 9 resource agencies and 7 community organisations under Housing Management Agreements and has demonstrated its capabilities managing complex clients on programs/contracts including the East and West Kimberley Transitional Housing Programs, Remote Aboriginal Housing Contract, Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) and Drug and Alcohol Program from offices in Perth, Geraldton, Exmouth, Broome, Kununurra and Kalgoorlie.
In Victoria, CHL manages Indigenous specific transitional housing in partnership with Ngwala in the Eastern Gippsland Region, the Orana Gunyah Indigenous Family Violence facility in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Association (VACCA).
In Sale, CHL works in partnership with Ramahyuck Aboriginal Cooperative and supports their social enterprise that provides gardening and lawn mowing services to our Transitional Housing properties. In addition to this CHL has agreements with are GEGAC, and an informal one with the remnants of the Central Gippsland Aboriginal Health and Housing Cooperative (CGAHAHC).