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Our tenants

Jo’s story

Photo:City West Housing tenant Jo Simpson with son Arlo in the Platform apartments garden.

I live at the Platform apartments with my two year old son Arlo. I work as an arts administrator part time, so I'm really happy to be living right next door to Carriageworks, which is one of my favourite exhibition and performance spaces.

I love the inner west. There's a strong sense of community and diversity, and I think the two are connected. And I'm really happy with the emphasis that City West Housing places on community-building. It's such a forward-thinking approach, and presents some great opportunities for pooling resources and making things possible that might be difficult to…

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Melissa’s storyBack to top

Photo: Melissa CWH tenant - I absolutely love the growing the local community

I moved to Sydney in 2012 to have a fresh start with my girls after leaving a 16yr marriage and going through the Christchurch earthquakes.

I was living the “Kiwi Dream” until I had a stress-induced breakdown and was diagnosed as having bipolar.  Life then turned upside down with facing many challenges trying to get medical support and access to a range of support networks and government benefits due to my visa status. In 2001 the Australian government had changed the NZ visa law which now denies any Kiwis that are working and living here, the rights to vote, gain permanent residency, or…

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Kylie’s storyBack to top

Photo: Kylie, CWH tenant - City West has helped get me back on my feet

Kylie experienced a difficult couple of years battling with some personal issues but City West provided the stability she needed to create the life she wanted. 

“City West has helped get me back on my feet. It was very hard at first but knowing I had secure housing and a roof over my head was the first step to my recovery. I wouldn’t want to imagine where I would have ended up without the help and support from City West.”

With her past experience and the stability that living at City West has afforded her, Kylie has been motivated to give back to the…

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Alessandra storyBack to top

Photo: For Alessandra, this has helped her family fully integrate into the community

Living with her husband and daughter, securing affordable housing is one of the most important things for Alessandra and her family. 

After finding out about City West Housing via a lovely chap waiting at the same bus stop, Alessandra and her family were able to apply and secure a two bedroom apartment, with a balcony in Pyrmont that they could afford and subsequently create a lovely new home.

“With beautiful views everywhere, easy access to the CBD and so many lovely people, it is one of the best areas to live in Sydney for our young family. Actually, it’s one of the best areas…

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Paula’s storyBack to top


Paula wouldn’t have been able to maintain her job without a home. Paula had been doing it tough. Though she had been in steady work, "everything went pear-shaped" when she was widowed. She had been renting from a friend in Waterloo. The friend had financial problems and Paula was suddenly homeless.

Through one of those wonderful, unexpected connections, her daughter's husband's brother had recently acquired a CWH unit in Pyrmont and suggested Paula put in an application. She made the call and was invited in for coffee and a chat to discuss her future.

Paula made light of…

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