Getting Up! Standing Up! and Showing Up! to the Yilli Housing Open Day
Local pandanus grass was woven into traditional fishing baskets during the festivities at Yilli Housing Short Stay Accommodation (YiSSA) open day, held as part of NAIDOC celebrations yesterday.
A bumper crowd of more than 300 flocked to the Territory Families, Housing and Communities funded accommodation to hear from guest speakers, enjoy cultural dancers and feast on kangaroo tail and damper.
YiSSA has provided 7,460 nights’ accommodation to people who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
Yilli Housing CEO Leeanne Caton said the event was a wonderful occasion for members of the public to get a glimpse inside the facility and join in the NAIDOC Week celebrations.
“We are so proud to be hosting this event on a day which means so much to our staff and residents,” she said.
“We have had the opportunity to celebrate our Aboriginality with great people, a range of activities, and delicious food.”
Last year, Territory Families, Housing and Communities allocated $34.2 million dollars to specialist homelessness services, aimed at supporting people’s immediate needs and working towards finding sustainable long-term accommodation.
Paul Dawson, Acting Director Homelessness Program at Territory Families Housing and Communities, says the day served as a reminder of the Government’s commitment to improving the outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take on many forms, and today’s NAIDOC event is a great example of our community doing just that, by facilitating the discussion around homelessness and continuing to provide support,” he said.