"Housing stress for low income families is where more than 30% of household income is spent on housing; housing crisis is where this percentage exceeds 50%."
Chris & Jacqui's story:
Chris and Jacqui, along with their two children, tried hard to save a deposit for a home, however found it difficult to find employment that paid enough to support their family and put enough money aside for a home deposit.
During the struggles with Jacqui's cancer they found support in the Yea community. They feel Yea is a great place for them to raise their family.
Chris is working at up to three jobs to support his family.
He recalls that at their final meeting about a home loan, the person laughed and said that they would not qualify for a loan based on his income. This was humiliating and frustrating given he was working so hard to make some progress towards home ownership.
It was at this time that Chris and Jacqui found Habitat for Humanity and have since moved in to their new home at Yea Heights.
Michael and Kiani move into their new home in Geelong.
Following a work injury, Michael, a qualified plumber, was unable to work; as a result he lost his house and his marriage broke down. Since then, he and his daughter Kiani struggled to find a permanent place to live and at times found themselves staying in a caravan or sleeping in their car. They happily moved in to their new home in December 2016.
Ashely Dempster's traumatic experience of the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009 brought him together with Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Learn how Ashley's desire to help others helped him and his family too.