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Life skills program
The Life skills program is a pilot project aimed at providing critical support for tenants to improve key environmental health related outcomes.
The program targets essential areas including tenants' rights and responsibilities, access to support services, alleviating overcrowding, requesting repairs and maintenance, home hygiene and DIY maintenance, budgeting, and consumer rights.
The program is based on community development principles and takes place mainly within the residents' homes, working with whole households, not just individuals. Key objectives include:
- improve the living environments of people living in town camp communities and public housing
- address environmental health problems on town camp communities and public housing, from a holistic cultural and physical perspective
- improve the overall health and safety of the community
- improve the capacity of individuals to fulfill their responsibilities as tenants
- extend the life of housing infrastructure on town camp communities.
Other key objectives are:
- better maintain the internal fabric of houses and home hardware, and reduce the amount of repairs and maintenance required by houses in town camp communities and public housing
- promote client ownership and control of their health and housing environments through involvement in the development and implementation of the project
- trial and evaluate strategies and approaches towards environmental health issues, and thus gain knowledge about best practice in implementing environmental health programs that can be applied in other contexts throughout Australia.
The program is an initiative of the Tangentyre Council.
Abstract adapted from Tangentyre Council
4 Elder Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8070
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4222
Fax: (08) 8952 8521