Tenant story – from community housing to home ownership

June 25, 2018

Our tenants are a fantastic mix of people, all with different backgrounds, challenges and goals. They all have one thing in common though – they have amazing stories that we get the opportunity to share and become a part of.

Recently, we recently spoke to one of our tenants while she was on her way to pick up the keys to her very own house. On this memorable day, she took the time to tell us her story so that we could share it with you.

Our tenant and her young family came to Australia a number of years ago to create a better life for their family. Their first neighbourhood in Australia was far removed from what they were familiar with in their own country, but they didn’t have time to dwell on that. They had to adjust and find jobs to be able to feed their family and stay in Australia. As our tenant says, “It was tough. Most jobs require you to be an Australian Citizen.”

After finally landing a casual job in a company in Sydney, the family had to move states. They found rents in Sydney incredibly high and had nearly given up hope when they found Link Housing online and contacted the team.

Our tenant continues; “Link Housing listened to us. After many dealings with people who just didn’t take the time to explain things to us, and didn’t understand how desperate we were, Link took the time. They didn’t rush us and were more than happy to explain the Affordable Housing rules, and so many other things that we are struggling with, like energy bills.”

With Link Housing’s help, the family were soon approved for the government’s Affordable Housing scheme and secured an apartment to rent at a 20% reduction from market rent. “The discounted rent and support from Link, meant we could save for our own home. This was our goal. We can’t thank the team enough for helping us.”

Find out if you could be eligible for Affordable Housing and discounted rent – and start saving for your own home too.