• Tiffany’s Story

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    I lived on a farm for 20 years, up in Rosebank in northern New South Wales. Now I’ve been in Melbourne for about a year and a half.  In between moving from Rosebank to here, there was a three-year gap when I was unable to find accommodation. I was up in the Northern Rivers staying ... Read more

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  • WPI on ABC News Breakfast

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    Great to be part of the ABC News Breakfast coverage of our ongoing rental crisis on Friday. Madeleine Morris spoke with our tenants Tiffany and Sonny about the difference stable and affordable housing has made to their lives and our very own Lucy Simms about the need for investment to change the future for many ... Read more

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  • Val’s Story

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    Val’s Story “I was born in Carlton. I’m an inner-city person. I didn’t have any siblings so it was just me and my parents, and we were really close-knit. I cared for my parents in South Melbourne until they both passed away, and then I moved to country Victoria. I’d found myself in dire straits ... Read more

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  • Amber’s Story

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    Amber once thought she was in a happy relationship. She and her partner moved back to Melbourne from interstate to be close to family after the birth of their daughter, Mia. But her partner’s behaviour changed drastically. He became violent towards her. He was controlling and prevented her from socialising with others. He destroyed her ... Read more

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  • Zora’s Story

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    Zora, who raised her son as a single mum. It was always a battle to make ends meet with a limited income. When her son became an adult, he helped with the rent and expenses which made a huge difference. For a while, life was more comfortable, but when he moved out to start his own ... Read more

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  • Jo’s Story

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    Before finding secure housing Jo slept on friends couches for 10 years. Her situation was grim.   Jo is a talented artist, but her income was irregular and often low. She simply couldn’t afford secure housing of her own. She started house-sitting – minding peoples’ pets while they went on holiday and couch-surfing at friends’ ... Read more

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  • Kym’s Story

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    In the 80’s Kym left a violent partner with her teenage daughter, Hayley. She was scared, but she bought a small house in Geelong and thought at least she would always have that. Unfortunately, she was manipulated by another partner, lost her house, and got into trouble, spending two years in jail. Her young daughter ... Read more

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  • Kellie’s Story

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    Kellie was pregnant with Kai when she moved into her WPI home. Three years before she had moved to Gippsland with her then partner to get away from drugs. She’d lived with addiction for 10 years and had two children who weren’t living with her because she couldn’t provide a home or care for them. ... Read more

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  • Marree’s Story

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    Some bad luck and some really bad decisions led to Marree spending time in prison. After her release, she was provided with transitional housing, worked as a cleaner, and reconnected with her daughters. She felt valuable and productive, but it was devastating to look for permanent housing and realise that she couldn’t afford a decent ... Read more

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  • Marie’s Story

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    Some bad luck and some really bad decisions led to Marree spending time in prison. After her release, she was provided with transitional housing, worked as a cleaner, and reconnected with her daughters. She felt valuable and productive, but it was devastating to look for permanent housing and realise that she couldn’t afford a decent ... Read more

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