Welcome to the Aboriginal Housing Company Limited website we are an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. The Aboriginal Housing Company Limited (AHC) is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People part of the Eora Nation.
The AHC was the first community housing company in Australia and was incorporated in 1973.. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal people and families 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” for Aboriginal people.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.
Despite all the adversity the core strength of the company is its resilience. It has also taken on tough decisions in the past and will continue to do so. The AHC had to make the decision to demolishing derelict housing on the Block, and relocate tenants, to make way for the new housing in the development.
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 AHC’s Development Application for the area colloquially known as “the Block “ was approved by NSW Planning and Environment Department in 2012 . The redevelopment is called “The Pemulwuy Project”. The redevelopment 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.