We knew how much residents benefited from the affordable housing City West Housing provides in Central Sydney, but the stories of lives transformed had not yet been told.
We interviewed their residents to capture their journeys from struggling with private rental to flourishing when given access to affordable housing. We listened to people across a range of life stages: a teacher who grew up in the Eastern Suburbs and was being driven out of the city due to rental prices, a mother with a disabled child struggling to pay rent after a number of rental price-hikes, and a victim of domestic abuse who needed help creating a new and peaceful start in Central Sydney away from a violent partner.
With the opening of a new development due in Harold Park in spring 2019, we recognised the opportunity to demonstrate the significant role City West Housing plays in developing affordable housing in the city. Inviting Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, residents, stakeholders from the housing sector and the city’s top tier media, we coordinated a successful sod turn which thrust the organisation into the spotlight.