Indigenous housing project wins International award

Quality housing can improve the health of Indigenous people. Photo: Kabir Dhanji

Quality housing can improve the health of Indigenous people. Photo: Kabir Dhanji

A program supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation, which is giving Indigenous Australians in remote communities access to safe and well functioning housing, has won a 2011 World Habitat Award. 

The Housing for Health Program, run by the Health Habitat, beat an impressive field of over 250 entries from around the globe to take out the prestigious award which recognises practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Two awards are given annually to such pioneering projects. An award of £10,000 ($A15,163) will be presented to the Housing for Health Program at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day, in Mexico on October 3.

Since 1999, Housing for Health has improved over 7,300 houses around Australia targeting urgent safety and health improvements.

It is the largest, continuous housing repairs and maintenance program in Australia's history.

Apart from improving the standards of Indigenous housing, the program also employs local Indigenous people from each project community, representing up to 75% of all national staff.

The program has been so successful that its principles and methods are now being replicated in Nepal and the US.

In partnership with Housing for Health, The Foundation is currently supporting a pilot sustainable housing maintenance program in Indigenous town camps around Alice Springs.

The Foundation is proud to support this multi-award winning organisation which is making a huge difference to the living conditions of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities.

> Learn more about our Indigenous program.

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