Who We Are

Our History

Who We Are

Our History

The partnerships we’ve formed over the years have been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

1973
Establishment of Yumba-Meta Housing Association Limited 2 staff members.

1974
Purchase of the first 8 homes.

1975
Increased housing stock to 33 between 1975 to 1995.

1996
Completed construction of 5×1 bedroom senior units in Garbutt.

1997
Increased housing stock from 33 to 45 properties.

2000
Completed first Management Manual funded under Department of Housing Best Practice Program.

2001
Purchased 6 acres of land at Innes Estate Deeragun to develop an Elders Village.

2004
Yumba-Meta Housing Association to be the first Indigenous Housing organisation in Australia to be fully accredited under the Queensland Community Housing Standards and Accreditation Council.

2005
Entered into formal partnership with Australian Red Cross to manage the Homeless Early Intervention.

2006
Funded to manage the Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program.

2008
Awarded management of the Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre and Flora House Women’s Shelter.

2009
Purchase of 26 acres of land at Thorn Street Mount Louisa to facilitate pathways for Indigenous home ownership

2010
Received funding from the Nation building economic stimulus capital grants program to construct new dwellings. Three dwellings were demolished and replaced with multiple dwellings on each site resulting in 3 tenancies increasing to 7 tenancies.

2011
Dale Parker Place medium-term supported accommodation with 25 places for single men and women.

2012
Completed construction of the Ernest & Maud Hoolihan Elders Village. Granted management of 8 properties to support Indigenous people traveling from remote communities to access education, training and employment. Housing stock increased to 142 properties.

2013
Official opening of the Ernest & Maud Hoolihan Elders Village of 16 x 2 bedroom detached homes, by the Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works.

2014
Received 5 additional properties under Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) taking the number of properties under ERAP to 13.

2015
YMHAL Celebrates 40 years of service to the local community, granted registration under NRSCH as a Tier 2 Provider making YMHAL the first and only Tier 2 Indigenous Housing Provider in Queensland. Won the Australasian Housing Institute National Award for Service Innovation for the Ernest & Maud Hoolihan Elders Village. Purchased an additional 25 acres of land in Thorn Street to create a development of 41 home sites.

2016
Received operational works approval from Townsville City Council for the Thorn Street Project.

2017
Completed Hillside gardens and went to open market for sales.

2018
Purchased community centre at 25 Acheron Avenue Cranbrook to facilitate the tutoring and mentoring program for young Indigenous children.
Approved registered provider for Specialist Disability Accommodation.

2019
Received Development Approval for 1145 Riverway Drive Project.
Received $2.89mn Commonwealth Government towards capital construction of the Patient transition facility at 1145 Riverway Drive Rasmussen.
Entered into a partnership with the Ted Noff’s foundation to facilitate youth engagement in Townsville.
Awarded winner of the Australasian Housing Institute Queensland State award for Professional Excellence in Social Housing.
Received funding from Queensland State Government for Townsville Family Violence Support Service.