Sandra’s world was turned upside down when each of the last two rental homes she lived in were sold. In the middle of a pandemic, with regional towns experiencing a housing crisis, Sandra couldn’t find somewhere affordable for a single person on a Disability support pension.
Sandra’s world was turned upside down when the last two rental properties were sold. In the middle of a pandemic, with regional towns experiencing a significant reduction in available properties and rental affordability.
Sandra couldn’t find somewhere affordable for a single person on a Disability Support Pension. She had to stay in crisis accommodation, and couch surfing until she was offered a long-term community housing property.
“I’ve got good references, and I looked after all the homes I lived in, but it doesn’t seem to matter, you make so many applications and never get to see the properties. There weren’t a lot of options for single people where I needed to live so I could stay connected to my NDIS support workers.”
“I’m still pinching myself. I can hardly believe that this new home is mine. It’s beautiful, I’m settled and happy. I’m looking after my house and my life.”
“It’s in a great neighbourhood and I have already made some great friendships with other tenants here, we help each other out. And a few of our other neighbours even helped me move some of my stuff in. “
“I’m bloody lucky, I wouldn’t have this house without everyone pulling together for me and I can’t really put in to words the difference this home has already made.”
“You have no idea how it feels to know that no-one can take it away from you. I have never lived in a one-bedroom property, but I could live here forever and ever. This is perfect for me and Misty. She already has her favourite spots in the house.”
“Yeah, I’m still getting used to thinking that. That I have somewhere to call home, it’s my home.”