A COLOURFUL LIFE
Singer, songwriter and actor Francis wrote the song ‘Roof over my head’ to thank City West Housing for giving him a home for 15 years.
“This is my home now and I’m very attached to it. Having a home means everything. I see people on the street, especially knowing that there’s women living in their car with kids, that’s just so sad.”
The Vietnam Veteran has written 33 songs which are featured in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. “ I’m thankful to City West Housing for providing me with secure housing which gives me the opportunity to kick back and recover my health after a colourful career.”
NEXT CHAPTER OF LIFE
When Chris returned to inner-city Sydney to care for his unwell father, he rented a place privately so he could focus his spare time on caring for him. While this caused him some financial stress but the decision to be close to his father was more important.
After his father died, Chris tried to find affordable housing options in the inner city. He needed a place that was close to work and was advised by a Housing NSW advocate to contact us to see if they could find him a home.
“I had not previously heard of the good people associated with City West Housing and was excited to see if they could help me build the next chapter of my life and to stay close to where my father lived for so long.”
Chris was also overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community around him.
THROUGH HER EYES
Lucy* went from being homeless to thriving in City West Housing. After Lucy became a single mum, she slept on a mattress on the floor in between her children’s single beds, in her mother’s housing commission flat, for 18 months.
“Having a home is everything. It’s the soft place to fall. Before City West we were staying with my mother who has mental health issues. You can’t imagine the feeling when you don’t have a safe home to go to, it’s so stressful especially with children.
“I was only working part time when I moved in. There’s no way I could have afforded the private rental market. The opportunity provided a springboard for me to study and progress my career in a central location and my children could continue at the same school. My daughter is now at university. It really changed our lives.
“City West has the potential to save lives, offering people a chance at a better life, not just accommodation.”*Real name withheld to protect privacy Stock image by Elina Fairytale on Pexels.com