“People Coming Together for Housing”: A workshop by the Independent Youth Housing Group (IYHG)

Mr Paul O’Dea1, Ms Jenifur Charne1, Mr Alan Duffy1, Mr Craig McAllister1

1Independent Youth Housing Group, Nundah, Australia

In 1989, a group of people with intellectual disability came together around a shared issue: difficulty with housing. The group decided to create their own housing company which has operated successfully in Brisbane North for over thirty years.

In 2016, IYHG received a National Disability Insurance Scheme Information Linkages and Capacity Building grant to develop a strategic plan; and to write and deliver training workshops to share their knowledge of starting and running a housing company with other people with disability. A group of IYHG members came together during 2019 and 2020 and wrote a workshop and filmed a series of videos to tell the story of starting and running their housing company. IYHG have presented this workshop in a range of formats due to COVID-19, including face to face, online and radio.

IYHG will present their workshop “People Coming Together for Housing” at the 2021 ASID Conference. Their workshop tells the story of IYHG from 1989 to the present, including:
1989: Starting the Independent Youth Housing Group
1991-1997: Learning from Mistakes
1997: Getting Our Act Together
2019: Planning for the Future

By sharing their story, IYHG hope to show and inspire other groups what can be done when you come together to solve a problem.


Jenifur Charne has been a member of Independent Youth Housing Group since 1989. From 1996 to the present, Jenifur has been a company director of IYHG serving in various board roles. Jenifur has been living in her apartment for twenty-three years and is the longest standing tenant in her block.