Located at Cilento Crescent, the tenants of CHL’s social housing development in Lynbrook today celebrated its first anniversary with Minister of Housing, Wendy Lovell and staff of Community Housing (VIC) Ltd (CHVL).
The pioneering development comprising of 28 units of one and two bedroom units was designed and built by CHVL in 2013 and is located close to school, shops and public transport. All the units are tenanted by local people on low to moderate incomes with preference given to those with links in the area.
Development of these homes has been funded by the Victorian Government and CHVL. Ongoing subsidies are being provided through the Australian Government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme.
“These are quality built, energy efficient affordable homes that offer a wonderful new living environment to the tenants,” says Steve Bevington, CHL Group’s Managing Director. “These homes are a long term resource for the City of Casey that have added to the much needed affordable housing stock in the area.”
Sixty one years old, Joy Willey is a happy CHVL tenant who moved in one of the new one bedroom units a year ago. She has worked all her life and so when she lost her job, her life took an unprecedented turn. She was on a look out for a new home that was affordable and close to her grandchildren.
“After losing my job it was unaffordable to continue to live in my last house. I contacted CHVL and they offered me this house which was brand new, affordable and just right. It has proper lighting and ventilation, is safe and has intercom facility too. Shops are nearby and even the public transport is easily accessible.
Her unit has a spacious backyard where she enjoys gardening. She has planted a variety of herbs like mint, parsley, coriander, and loves offering them to the visitors.
“These tenant stories are typical of the CHL tenant experience across the country – a greater sense of personal and financial security, participation in the community, and easy access to public transport and local shops,” says Steve.
Kieran Jones is another tenant currently on a disability support pension and lives with his son Liam in a two bedroom unit and says, “CHVL called us at a desperate time in our lives.”
Between living in cars and caravan parks and paying anywhere upto $300 a week in rent, when this new house was offered to the father and son duo, he says, “for weeks we couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t even our dream, we had no expectations. Everything about this place is perfect, I cannot fault it.”
“After paying our rent and other bills we are still left with some money for other things.”
After being diagnosed with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Kieran’s son Liam became his full time carer. “Both a combination of my son’s care and this home has contributed to keeping me alive,” says Kieran.
Community Housing (Vic) Limited (CHVL) is part of the Community Housing Ltd (CHL) Group, a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘a world without housing poverty’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and Queensland and a growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India. Winner of various Industry Awards including HIA and United Nations Association of Australia and CHL has over 5300 properties under its management across the country.
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