Social Housing

Aboriginal Housing

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:

  1. Provision of certificate of Aboriginality
  2. Demonstrate links to, or is recognised by Aboriginal community
  3. 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.

Low-income
The applicant must have Centrelink Income or not earn more than limit set out by DHHS.

AHV outlines income restrictions here.

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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).