Did you know, while the Aboriginal population makes up between 2 and 3% of the Australian population, they make up approximately 33% of the homeless population.
Over the past few years, Catherine House, with the assistance of Aboriginal organisation KWY, has had a focus on ensuring our services are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal women experiencing homelessness. This has seen the percentage of clients identifying as Aboriginal rising to approximately 20% of our clientele.
It is very important to us that our services are appropriate for any woman experiencing homelessness who seeks our help. This is particularly important when considering the needs of the First Nation peoples of Australia, who have experienced a unique and very significant level of disadvantage.
In order to continue this work of ensuring our services meet their needs, the Board of Catherine House has committed to developing a formal Reconciliation Action Plan with the assistance of KWY. A group of very enthusiastic and committed staff are looking forward to working on this!
Louise Miller Frost
Catherine House CEO