The Aboriginal Housing Company Limited is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. We are a proud all Aboriginal governed organisation. We are located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People part of the Eora Nation.
We do not receive recurrent funding by any Government agencies and only operate on the income we receive from our rental properties. Our housing is located in various areas of Sydney and country regions in NSW, and we currently have a housing stock of 41 properties.
The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal people experienced in the private rental market. There was an influx of people coming to the city for work, especially in the railways and factories, and they gravitated to the Redfern area as a second “home”. Through the years the company has endured many battles from all types of authority, and has also battled with crime, drugs and alcohol on the Block. The AHC made the decision to redevelop the area colloquially known as “the Block”.
The redevelopment is called “The Pemulwuy Project”. It will breathe new life into the Block, and restore a strong and healthy Indigenous community to Redfern with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. Pemulwuy will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities.