One of our fabulous tenants, Helen, was recognised in the 2018 Victorian Social Housing Volunteer Awards. Helen didn’t classify herself as ‘homeless, thinking this only applied to rough sleepers. Now she knows the term applies to all sorts of precarious housing arrangements like couch-surfing and rooming houses.

Helen went through some really hard times, including an living in a rooming house for an extended period where she felt frightened, unsafe and had no privacy. Now she lives in a WPI home in Coburg.

Secure and permanent housing has had a profoundly positive impact after years of stress and trauma. It's given Helen the confidence to use her experience to help others. She gives her time generously to advocacy initiatives and talks about the challenges faced by people who don’t have safe housing. Well done, Helen!