What is it?
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) is a not-for-profit registered Housing Provider and is the largest Aboriginal housing organisation in Australia.
AHV manages 1,525 properties in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The properties they manage are long-term and affordable housing (similar to office of housing).
Who can apply?
The person must have:
Proof of Aboriginality. Aboriginality can be confirmed a number of ways:
- Provision of certificate of Aboriginality
- Demonstrate links to, or is recognised by Aboriginal community
- Is known to the organization to be an Aboriginal person
If a proof of Aboriginality certificate is needed, contact DDACL (Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd) and theycan point you in the right direction.
The applicant must have Centrelink Income or not earn more than limit set out by DHHS.
How do I apply?
An Aboriginal housing application form needs to be completed and sent to AHV. You can access the application on their website.
- Rent is more affordable because it is subsidized.
- It is long-term housing; a tenant is able to stay there permanently unless they are evicted for breaching lease agreement.
- Long waiting list! As a result, it can take a long time from when you apply to get an offer.
- Limited choice about area; you cannot choose a specific suburb or area, but you can choose a wait-list area. For example, if I would like to have a house in Mornington and list that as a preference area, I can be offered a house in any of the other suburbs that fall within that waiting list area. Mornington's waitlist area is quite large so I might get a house in Tootgarook.
- The property a person is eligible for and will be offered will depend on needs not preferences. An applicant cannot apply for a house with extra bedrooms unless they can provide evidence of why they need it (e.g. dependent/carer).