Coolabaroo Housing Service (CHS) was established in 1992 and is a transitional housing service that provides up to twelve months of supported accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families that are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. Currently the service provided does not meet the demand, with over 1,300 individuals on the CHS wait list.
We provide transitional supported accommodation for up to 12 months to adults and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) Program.
Under the NAHA program, all clients are provided with an individual Case Worker. The Case Worker’s role is to support, guide and empower clients to address any issues that have caused their homelessness, and assist them to address any issues that may put them at risk of homelessness in the future.
Coolabaroo Housing Service provides transitional supported housing for Aboriginal families who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This supported accommodation is for up to 12 months through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) Program.
All clients are provided with an individual case worker. The case workers’ role is to support, guide and empower clients to address any issues that have attributed to their becoming homeless and to develop strategies to minimize the risk of homelessness again in the future.
Our unique case management plan integrates all Moorditch Gurlongga Associations services to provide a holistic approach to support clients with their transition into the mainstream housing sector. Whilst housed as Coolabaroo tenants, their families and extended families are linked into other services and programs that Moorditch Gurlongga Association provides.
CHS connects families to the community by helping them link up with culturally appropriate services and aims to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are experiencing or are at risk of being homeless. In order to increase service provision and meet the demand for at risk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families to access transitional housing, CHS has the following short-term goals:
CHS has the ultimate goal of achieving MGA’s Strategic Priority 2 - Moorditj Moort (Strong Families) and Strategic Priority 3 -Moorditj Boorda (Strong Futures). This will be undertaken through the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
Moorditj Moort (Strong Families):
Moorditj Boorda (Strong Futures):
The program also assists families and individuals within the community to apply for and secure long term accommodation. This may be through the Department of Communities, Housing, other community housing organisations or the private rental market.
CHS’s unique case management plan integrates all MGA services to provide a holistic approach to client support with the aim to assist clients to transition into the mainstream housing sector. Whilst housed as CHS tenants, their families and extended families are also linked into other MGA services and programs.
We will be forever grateful to Coolabaroo Housing and the staff who supported us through our journey. We would recommend anyone who is homeless or needs help to go to the Coolabaroo Housing office and talk with the staff members.
This is a short note to let Mima, Tiff (Koolbardi Room) and the ladies of Coolabaroo know... the work you all put in with little minds, in the early years, does give them the start we all hope for. So, a big thank you, to all, for your fantastic work!