Aboriginal homelessness project - Wungening, NDRI collaborate

NDRI is collaborating with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation to undertake a new project to inform culturally responsive policy and service delivery for Aboriginal people affected by homelessness in Perth, especially in the context of COVID-19 or other crises.

The 18 month collaboration is supported by Lotterywest. Simone McGurk, WA Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interests Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services, presented Wungening with the Lotterywest grant recently.

The project will support Aboriginal people with lived experience of homelessness to share their voices and stories in a range of ways of their choosing, with the aim of informing and directing future, culturally safe policy and service delivery.

Utilising evidence-based methodologies which bring psychological and social benefits to participants, the project will be led by a Community Ownership Group of Elders and those with lived experience of homelessness, who will be co-leaders of the research and remunerated for their time and expertise.

“This is a great opportunity for our homeless Aboriginal population to have ownership of a project that recognises, values and honours their unique needs and voices,” NDRI Needs of Aboriginal Australians Program Leader Jocelyn Jones said.

Wungening CEO Daniel Morrison added: “We are delighted to have the support of Lotterywest and to be collaborating with NDRI on this community-led project which stands to change the landscape for Aboriginal people who experience homelessness.”

Posted on: 20 Oct 2021

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