Who We Are

Yumba-Meta Limited

Who We Are

Yumba Meta Limited

The Housing Success Story

Yumba-Meta Limited (YML), is a not-for-profit registered charity established in 1973.  YML provides secure and affordable accommodation options and culturally appropriate support services to vulnerable people, particularly First Nations people.

YML’s primary function is to support people to access appropriate housing and to link in with the broader service system to address their housing, health, social and emotional needs in a culturally appropriate manner to have equality and thrive into the future.  

YML is a strong voice for the First Nations people in Townsville raising awareness, advocating, and representing First Nations People to overcome disadvantage and obtain equal access.  YML strives to bring about awareness and change in the community to address the inequality in contemporary society.

Ernest Hoolihan is the founder and current Chairperson of YML.  He believes that First Nations people have the right to affordable and appropriate housing, when YML purchased houses throughout Townsville it broke down barriers enabled Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people to live together.

YML provides the following services:

  • Long Term Community Housing Program (LTCHP) – 193.
  • Dale Parker Place – a 40×1 bedroom unit facility accommodating with 24/7 onsite support for rough sleepers and clients who are experiencing chronic homelessness towards attaining independent, sustainable housing and participation within the community.
  • Employment and Education Housing Program (EEHP) – 13.
  • Ernest and Maud Hoolihan Elders Village – 16 x 2-bedroom residences for First Nations people aged 55+.
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation for eligible NDIS participants – 6.
  • Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre – a 50-bed sobering up facility open 24/7 for 365 days of the year which is an alternative to the Townsville Police Watch House for those at risk of incarceration and risk to themselves and/or others due to public intoxication issues.
  • Breaking the Cycle Program – this program provides accommodation and support to regular clients of Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre who express a desire to move away from a life of alcohol or substance addiction.
  • Flora House Women’s Shelter – safe house for women and children escaping domestic and family violence.
  • Elsie House Women’s Shelter- safe house for First Nations women and children escaping domestic and family violence.
  • The Townsville Family Violence Support Service – assisting victims and perpetrators of violence through culturally appropriate, trauma-informed case management and counselling.  
  • Weeburra Thulgarri – early tutoring and mentoring support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 7-8 years old.
  • Property Development Program.
  • Karingal – a multi-functional patient transition short-term temporary accommodation facility at Rasmussen for First Nations for people travelling from remote and rural communities to access the Townsville University Hospital and Health Services. On site trauma-informed case management support is provided to support clients in an unfamiliar urban environment.

YML prides itself on the quality of its service delivery to some of the most marginalised people in our community, with its core purpose of providing dignity to all clients engaged in the services ensuring their human rights are protected and upheld.  Through the assistance received, many clients have gone on to successfully sustain tenancies, improve their health, manage addiction issues, gain employment and thrive into the future.

In recognition of the work YML has won several National Awards:

  • 2015 Australasian Housing Institute National Award for Leading Innovation 
  • 2019 Australasian Housing Institute National Award for Excellence in Social Housing