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Philip Hill, Port Macquarie

Having the stability and security of knowing we have a roof over our heads means a lot to both me and my son.

Phillip had just gotten full custody of his son Jai in September 2008 and as a result of Jai’s extensive health conditions frequent trips to Sydney were required. This put considerable stress on not only the family but Phil’s job and the affordability of regular housing. Phil had to give up his employment to become a full time carer for his son Jai and move into his mother’s place , however it was overcrowded and after Jai’s renal transplant ( Phillip being the donor) the family needed their own space and a clean and healthy environment to live in.

Philip was shown a property within a couple of months of having lodged his application. The family are still in the same property.

“The assistance that we receive from Community Housing Limited is greatly appreciated. The fact that I am unable to work as it is unfair to expect an employer to work around the possibility that I may have to drop everything and leave work for a few days at a time to look after Jai. There is a heavy financial strain but the subsidised rent takes some of that pressure off. I am not sure how I would afford normal market rents.” Phillip stated “Having the stability and security of knowing he has a roof over his and Jai’s head’ means a lot to both him and his son.

When asked, Jai said with a big smile that he is happy in their house and likes living there because he can play his games.

One of the things Jai wished to share was that since being housed with CHL, Angel Flight paid for a trip for both him and his dad Phil to go for a weekend to their hometown in Dubbo and go to the Zoo. At the airport they were met by Prime News and interviewed. They were even stopped by people the next day after the news was aired and asked if they were the people on the news. Jai thought that was pretty exciting.

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