Helping 101 over-income tenants to achieve home ownership dreams

​Lee and Michelle were able to purchase their own home in Ellenbrook

Helping tenants to transition out of public housing after their time of need is over is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at the Housing Authority for members of the Housing Pathways Unit.

The Housing Pathways Unit helps tenants who no longer meet eligibility requirements to find out more about which housing options are available to them. This guidance assists in making the transition out of public housing a positive experience for tenants, enabling them to realise home ownership dreams in many cases.

As at the end of July 2015, there have been 101 over-income tenants who have successfully made the transition from public housing into home-ownership.

Staff in the Housing Pathways Unit have found that home ownership is a key goal for many tenants but is one which often seems unattainable due to a lack of awareness about the options available such as the shared equity program.

Housing Pathways Unit Coordinator Ann-Marie believes that giving tenants the guidance and support they need when being told that they are over income can help them to make informed decisions about which options are available to them when exiting public housing.

“It’s a stressful time for our tenants when they find out that they are no longer eligible to stay in public housing after becoming over-income. We help our tenants to see this as a positive step towards achieving their future goals and getting more security and stability for their future. Once the tenant vacates, this releases a property for those in greatest need on our waitlist.”

“Staff also find the job very rewarding when the tenants realise their opportunities to transition through the housing continuum. It’s fantastic seeing our tenants get excited about the potential of owning their own homes. Often they’ve never dreamed of having this opportunity, let alone knowing how to go about taking steps towards achieving home ownership. It’s such a good feeling knowing that we can help them realise their dreams and often achieve something that no one in their family has ever done before,” Ann-Marie said.

If you would like some more information on this topic, please visit the Affordable Housing website.

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