NT Shelter and Aboriginal Housing NT (AHNT) yesterday signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Parliament House in Darwin.
The MOU is the first between two housing peak bodies in Australia that addresses Aboriginal housing advocacy and capacity building, enabling the two organisations to work together to tackle the Northern Territory’s significant housing and homelessness challenges.
The MOU was signed in the presence of the Hon Chansey Paech, Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps.
Aboriginal Housing NT is the peak body for Aboriginal community controlled housing providers and a leading voice on what is needed with Aboriginal housing reform. Its membership includes Aboriginal organisations that represent Town Camps, Outstations, Homelands and Remote Communities across the Northern Territory.
NT Shelter has been the Northern Territory’s peak body for affordable housing and homelessness since 1992. NT Shelter Executive Officer, Peter McMillan, said that the MOU will ensure the two organisations can work constructively together: “In signing this MOU we formally recognise and confirm our support for AHNT. We wish them every success and rest assured we will be there with you for the journey”.