Housing Minister Colin Holt visited the Kimberley today to launch stage one of a State Government program helping Aboriginal families in Halls Creek purchase their own homes.
The Halls Creek Transitional Housing Program, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, links affordable housing with employment and school attendance and supports participants to set goals, improve their health and create personal wealth.
Mr Holt said the program, modelled on the successful East Kimberley Transitional Housing Program in Kununurra, would be a measurable step in closing the gap for Aboriginal families.
"Under this program, Aboriginal people engaged in employment or training will be provided with housing as an incentive to ensure their children attend school," he said.
The 15 new houses are being built in Halls Creek under a partnership between the Department of Housing, Halls Creek Aboriginal Housing Group and the Kimberley Development Commission.
Stage one comprises eight homes in Wilkinson Street, which have now been allocated to successful applicants. The Department of Housing has contributed land valued at $620,000 for the project.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing $7.25 million for the Halls Creek project.
"This project is another example of how Royalties for Regions is creating positive impact in regional Western Australia through the development of strong and sustainable communities," Mr Redman said.
Participating Halls Creek tenants will be managed and supported by Community Housing Limited and the Wunan Foundation
The East Kimberley Transitional Housing Program started in September 2012 with 40 residential transitional dwellings in Kununurra
For the March 2015 quarter, school attendance rate across the transitional houses in Kununurra was 96%
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