Role Title: Research Intern: First Nations Housing-First Project
Organisation: Noongar Mia Mia
Internship Period: Semester 2 (August - November)
The Research Intern will be assisting our Project Officer in the development of a framework for Housing First within the First Nations context (the Mia Moort Project). We wish to provide research on what "Best Practice" response works for Aboriginal People to maintain tenancies, and seek out and target causes and effects leading to homelessness. The Research Intern will not be required to engage in fieldwork (interviews), but rather will be working behind-the-scenes and interacting with the Mia Moort Project Officer, and your supervisor (our Grants & Projects Officer) as you explore the state of play in the First Nations housing sector globally, and the social housing sector more broadly, reviewing what has worked well elsewhere, what we can learn, what we can contribute to the body on knowledge in this area, where one-size-fits-all mainstream interventions fall short and the role of culturally-appropriate community-led services in servicing members of the community, and what "best practice" looks like in this context.
Our mission is to contribute towards socioeconomic inclusion of First Nations people in Western Australia by setting the right foundations to thrive. We create pathways for First Nations people in the Southwest of Western Australia from homelessness to home ownership in a respectful, culturally-appropriate fashion aligned with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through a whole-of-person wraparound model of cultural housing, property management, psychosocial support, advocacy and collaboration, acknowledging the complexity of factors leading to Indigenous homelessness. We embed Aboriginal culture into all we do, and amplify the voices of our mob – nothing for us, without us.