City West Stories: Chris

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, 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 CWH 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 successful in his CWH application and moved into his Ultimo property, giving him ample space and access to “the best public transport system in the world.”

Chris was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community around him.

“My life has changed dramatically since moving into City West Housing. I feel part of a community again. My neighbours have been a great assistance in helping me settle in and I feel safer than ever.

The City West Housing staff are wonderful! They are an absolute delight to work with and made my transition to my current home a seamless one.”

Currently working at St George Hospital as a wards person, Chris is passionate about increasing the number of affordable housing developments in the City of Sydney. He believes that more affordable housing solutions would continue to foster community spirit and make Sydney an even greater place to live.

“I am only too willing to recommend the organisation to anyone willing to listen and based on how City West Housing operates I know they will continue to supply this generosity to many more. Ultimately, I am just happy to be a resident of City West Housing and be a member of such an inclusive and welcoming community.”

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