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Impact story

Homes can mean many things for people – from a roof over your head, a place where you feel safe, or a sense of belonging and connection to family.

For Aaron*, his home represented all of these. Aaron lived in a property with his partner, that was rented by his grandmother for twenty years, giving him a lifetime of memories and strong emotional ties to the property. 

When his grandmother passed, Aaron had to navigate both grief and housing uncertainty.  

Aaron is a proud Aboriginal man with strong links to his heritage and community. Both Aaron and his partner are employed locally and were concerned about having to move out and find another home in such a difficult rental market.  

Aaron reached out to Haven Home Safe (HHS) to see what his housing options were. HHS gave Aaron and his partner appropriate time for sorry business and worked with Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS), to secure a long-term lease for him in the same property, recognising that this would be the best outcome for Aaron, to stay in a safe home he was familiar with.

*Aaron is not the client’s real name.