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Natalie Lawler, Devonport

The greatest relief though is knowing I have a long term secure housing option that my son can grow up in


Natalie moved into a recently completed CHL property in Devonport with her two year old son.

A brand new two-bedroom unit for $172 per week which is capped as a fixed percentage against her income. For the previous 19 months, she had been living in an Anglicare unit designated as a transitional housing option until she could find a permanent housing arrangement. She had previously been looking at private rental, and despite having worked at Coles full-time for the last 14 years, never seemed to get a look in.

“I think as a single mum many landlords had an issue with having a young child. I was also trying to find a property that would fit within my budget for rent because I wanted to avoid falling into debt. The Anglicare unit was our best option at the time,” she says. Natalie says CHL has kept her close to family and friends.

“When CHL told me they were developing a property in my neighbourhood, it couldn’t have been more perfect. As I’m still working almost full-time, I can drop my son at day care which is two minutes away and see my family and friends regularly,” she says.

“The greatest relief though is knowing I have a long term secure housing option that my son can grow up in.”

CHL is currently one of two providers of community housing in Tasmania, and to date has completed the construction of 50 properties dotted along the north coast over the last 12 months, which includes Launceston, Burnie, Latrobe, and Ulverstone.

 

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