‘Life changing’ – what 50 years of community-controlled housing at Yumba-Meta tells us about home and health

Sat, 20 May 2023 06:33:42 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"How does having a safe, reliable place to call “home” affect the health of
people and communities across generations? We spoke to staff and families at
Yumba-Meta Ltd in Townsville, Queensland to find out.

Yumba-Meta is a community-controlled organisation that has delivered
comprehensive support programs for 50 years to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people. This includes short-term accommodation, such as for people
experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or people at risk of
incarceration due to intoxication. Medium to long-term housing options include
community home ownership, seniors’ housing, and transitional housing to
facilitate employment, education or to break the cycle of addiction.

Our collaborative research project with Yumba-Meta, which will be released
mid-year for Yumba-Meta’s 50th anniversary, explores the power of home and how
services can support intergenerational wellbeing."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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