Case studies

Spotlight on: Pacific Link Housing

‘I had worked 49 years full-time as a teacher, raised a family, contributed to community and church groups. I was settled in a house with a good-sized garden and very supportive friends close by. Through unforeseen circumstances, I was given six weeks to leave the house and find a rental,’ explained Jan.

Tenant, Jan
Pacific Link Tenant, Jan

Despite her efforts, Jan quickly discovered that private rental prices were beyond her reach, leaving her upset and shocked. She applied for social housing but was disheartened to learn that there was a 10–15 year waitlist.

‘I was connected to Pacific Link Housing, through the support of BaptistCare. They offered me transitional accommodation through a new program they had recently set up with Women’s Community Shelters. This gave me time to gather myself and search for a permanent home.

‘Soon I learned about the opportunity to move into a new development by Pacific Link Housing at Belmont. I’m grateful for the chance to make this my home. As someone used to giving rather than receiving, I am truly thankful.’

As the first resident of Fernleigh, Jan appreciates the opportunity to live in a brand new, modern building. With renewed optimism, she looks forward to making connections within her new community and embracing the opportunities that lie ahead.