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“Overcrowding and homelessness is a widely cited factor at the heart of Indigenous disadvantage indicators, including health, safety and education.”

Studio Kinship housing will allow Aboriginal people to:

Live within their culture following cultural lore every day;

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Get the training they need to maintain their properties;

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Address endemic problems such as overcrowding; and

Improve health, training and employment outcomes; and

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Stay safe from infection during the COVID pandemic.

The Guardian

COVID-smart design benefits

Studio Kinship housing is uniquely suited to reducing the risks of the COVID virus spreading in an Aboriginal community due to the following product benefits: 

People can be easily isolated and yet still feel included in family life;

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Separate bathrooms and special entryways for convalescing family members;

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Larger housing means less overcrowding and less chance of the virus spreading;

Fewer builders required on-site as it is pre-fabricated and transported; and

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Naturally cooler house design so no air conditioning is needed.

Healthier and happier families

Ancient culture provides a clear roadmap on how Aboriginal families can live healthier and happier lives. Unfortunately, many decisions have been made which has lead to us living in housing that disrupts the following of cultural protocols. Houses are small, confined, hard to maintain and Western in layout and positioning. And we don’t own them.

Living in culturally-appropriate housing will mean that we can: 

Keep respectful distance between certain family members according to lore; 

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Share the responsibility within the family for the maintenance of the housing;

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Stay clean and manage waste in order to reduce health issues; 

Easily see the hidden spaces where domestic abuse may take place; 

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Extend hospitality to all visiting family members as cultural lore dictates;

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Follow the prescribed relationship patterns with other families in the area; and

Have a chance to work towards the ownership of our own house.

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Safer Aboriginal communities

The communities we live in are important to Aboriginal people because they allow us to connect with each other, our culture and our country. Studio Kinship housing will assist communities to break out of unhealthy patterns and reconnect with ancient cultural protocols that can:

Keep the peace between family groups through better house positioning;

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Provide centralised self-sustaining services such as efficient power and water;

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Offer training, employment and homeownership pathways within families; 

Fewer builders required on-site as it is pre-fabricated and transported; and

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Provide a clear roadmap for COVID management in communities.

Helping Government solve problems

Across Australia, most Aboriginal communities share the same kinship lore protocols. This means at a federal level there exists an untapped mechanism for effecting change. Programs like ‘Work for the Dole’ and ‘Close the Gap’ have lacked the foundation that allows them to be effective – culturally-appropriate housing.

 

Currently, Aboriginal people live with the stigma of being a $33 billion per annum drain on the tax payer. In reality the inefficiencies in the system account for much of this – inefficiencies that the Studio Kinship solution is designed to address.

 

The right housing solution shouldn’t cost more money per person housed, but less. Houses may be larger but this should create cost-efficiencies as more people can be housed for less in sustainable centralised regional hubs.

Corporate social

responsibility reimagined

The benefit of the Studio Kinship housing solution is that for the first time there is:

Corporations such as mining companies have developed strong relationships with the Aboriginal communities near their operations over the years. But they have been helpless to prevent the breakdown of the social fabric that has taken place in many of these communities during this time. 

A standardised solution that can be easily replicated but culturally appropriate; 

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A lore-based community engagement process incorporated into the solution;

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The chance to be a part of the improvement in Aboriginal living conditions; and 

A better way to mitigate the risks of COVID infections in Aboriginal communities.

Safe-guarding investor funds

Studio Kinship offers opportunities to both private and social impact investors. Our business model can deliver sustainable return on investments through: 

Development of houses sold to government and corporate clients;

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Research and development leading to innovations with patent-potential; and 

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Product lines that we can sell on-going to our communities.

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We acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and honour their Elders past and present.

 

We respect their enduring connection to their lands, waterways and surrounding clan groups since time immemorial. We cherish the richness of Aboriginal’ artistic and cultural expressions. Our office is located on Whadjuk Noongar Land.

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We also offer tax benefits to philanthropic investors who wish to invest in our culturally appropriate training on country and r&d programmes.

You can become a vital instrument in the paradigm shift in Aboriginal Communities across Australia. We are tapping into innate systems that have been lost over time to create healthy growth for our community and economy.