we provide support to Aboriginal clients in public & social housing.

Telephone help-line service, offering support and referrals for Aboriginal people who are homeless or facing homelessness.

call now: (02) 9799 8446
we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

get support

if you are at imminent risk of homelessness to remain safely in existing housing, or to secure stable housing.

Aboriginal Casework Outreach Project

We intervene early to prevent homelessness and provide support to tenants or if you are residing in unsustainable and unsafe accommodation to assist in finding a suitable long term home.

Rough Sleepers
ACHRCS is part of an inner-city and inner-west collaboration of services. We work together to support rough sleepers to obtain long term appropriate and affordable accommodation. ACHRCS is a member of the Homeless Assertive Response Team (HART) undertaking coordinated regular patrols and outreach to rough sleepers.

call now: (02) 9799 8446
we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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women and children

We provide specific assistance for women and children, as well as accommodation, furniture and clothing for those who are in need.

our services

✔  working with Community Housing Providers, Housing NSW and real estate agents to secure stable housing or to work through issues that are placing clients current tenancies at risk.

✔  advocacy that assists clients to access and build their capacity to navigate, specialist services and the service system.

✔  delivering outreach services with first to know agencies to identify clients in rental stress. This may include community housing providers, Centrelink, Community Mental Health, Aboriginal Medical Service.

✔  case management reflecting individual client needs and making referrals to mainstream or specialist services e.g. income support, legal and/or financial advice, counselling, family support or tenancy advice.

✔  assisting clients to build community connections and maintain or re-establish family relationships.

✔  assisting clients to access employment and education pathways e.g. TAFE, skills for education and employment.

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call now: (02) 9799 8446
we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

our story

Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless & Rehabilitation Community Services (ACHRCS) began as a crisis accommodation service located in the inner west.

ACHRCS was founded by the late Jack Walker, Charles Perkins, Chicka Dixon, Kevin Cook and others who were involved in the late 1970s as a result of increasing numbers of homeless Aboriginal people in Sydney’s inner-city / CBD.

Around this time Jack Walker commenced working closer with Corrective Services as a high number of Aboriginal people were being released from prison and onto the streets with no support.

The Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services was registered as an Aboriginal Corporation in August 1982.

Our mission is to help First Nations people obtain life long Ngura / shelter or home.

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founder –  jack walker

The late Jack Walker devoted much of his adult life to the welfare of his people, particularly those in trouble with the law, and became the Aboriginal statewide official visitor.

In 1982, Walker left  Prisoners’ Aid and founded the Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services. He set up a centre for homeless Aboriginal women and children, Ngura, in Stanmore, in inner Sydney.

In 1995 Walker was appointed official visitor at Goulburn and, in 2008, official visitor to Long Bay Correctional Centre. Commissioner Ron Woodham then granted him special authorisation to visit Aboriginal inmates across the state.

Walker travelled widely, counselling prisoners and helping in bail applications. His focus on specialised management of Aboriginal male and female inmates was much valued, particularly at Long Bay hospital’s mental health wards.

He was dedicated to the mothers and children’s program and often drove released offenders to their new homes and to remote communities to help relocate them with their families.

Walker responded to the racial slights, sometimes inadvertent, with good humour.

Profile photo of Trevor Walker

manager,  trevor walker

Trevor completed a B.A. in Community Development before pursuing his passion to give back to the community by working in Veterans Affairs and the ATO in the public service recruitment and training programs aimed at assisting Aboriginals in obtaining public service jobs, thereby increasing Aboriginal participation in the public service sector.

Trevor has managed the Aboriginal Corporation for over 11 years. He is a proud Indigenous Australian with ancestry being traced to the Walbunja, Yuin and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Groups.

Our Values

Culture is at the Core of our work.
Always delivering the best we can.
Accessibility for all client groups.
Social justice and equity.
Sustainability in our programs, outcomes and structure.
Accountability through strong internal management systems and to the wider community.
Empowerment by building capacity, dignity and self-worth.

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call now: (02) 9799 8446

we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

email: achrcs@bigpond.com

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to their elders both past and present.