A Cultural Approach to Tenancy and Housing.
Our approach involves three interconnected areas – housing provision, property management and tenancy support.
Our service is needed because Property management in the mainstream market usually focuses almost exclusively on the property, not the people living within it.
This is fundamentally incompatible with Aboriginal cultural systems – particularly in terms of letting kin stay. Instead, Noongar Mia Mia’s approach puts culture front-and-centre, understanding that kinship is a source of strength to our community. Our people have the right to practice cultural obligations, and so we work with people to help minimise eviction risk factors.
Our support also includes assisting with (and sometimes simply reminding tenants of) their maintenance obligations around their property.
In addition to tenancy support, Noongar Mia Mia also provides culturally-secure support for rough sleepers, acting as an immediate frontline support rather than waiting on limited housing resources.
In addition, we conduct best-practice research into cultural tenancy factors and then feed that information back into our work, whilst sharing the findings with other service providers to build capability within the broader community housing sector.