New Head of Aboriginal Housing appointed
We're thrilled to announce that Cheryl Axleby has joined the SA Housing Authority as the new Head of Aboriginal Housing.
In the role Cheryl - a proud Narungga woman and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - will oversee programs that actively advance the interests of First Nations South Australians, while promoting safe and secure housing outcomes.
Cheryl's career spans 35 years in not-for-profits and 10 years in government, including the Aboriginal community sector, law and justice, human rights, women's issues, Aboriginal family violence, youth justice and child and family services. Her previous roles include CEO of Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and Co-Chair of National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
Housing SA tenant greens up his Morgan home
How amazing is this work by Housing SA tenant Peter?
At his own expense Peter has created a beautiful communal garden in his front yard in Morgan, which in the state's Riverland. The green thumb has even inspired other nearby tenants, who have joined in and are slowly beautifying the fronts of all the units.
To say thank you, the Berri Housing SA office has given Peter a grocery voucher and certificate for his support in beautifying the communal areas.
West Coast works power on
Works on our West Coast Aboriginal Housing Replacement Program are powering on.
Slabs have been poured in the Koonibba and Yalata communities near Ceduna as we work to replace ageing houses with new four-bedroom homes. The new houses will provide better facilities and better accommodate larger families.
The next stage - installation of framing - will be underway soon.
An Aboriginal builder and a local builder from Ceduna, RJS Building and Evco Building, are engaged in a consortium arrangement to deliver the houses over a 12 month period.
Helping people in need
The SA Housing Authority has a role in helping people fleeing war and persecution.
Recently we have worked with Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) to help people from Ukrainian, Spanish, Burmese, Afghan and Iranian backgrounds occupy nine Housing SA properties. This included a Ukrainian mother and adult daughter who were recently moved to a single bedroom cottage after spending two weeks in hotel accommodation after arrival.
They reported to their Case Manager that they found the unit to be “an excellent building, very clean and more than they expected”.
We have an additional 11 properties furnished which will soon also be occupied.