Huge relief with roof over head at last

Harry Dass is thrilled after being moved into a new social housing unit at Lidcombe.

Story appeared in: Review | February 12th, 2018

AFTER undergoing major heart surgery and then losing his wife just over three years ago, Harry Dass found himself struggling to keep a roof over his head.
Forced to move five times in nearly 14 months, the 73-year-old spent three months sleeping on a friend's couch before he was accepted into the St Vincent de Paul's transitional housing program and put on a waiting list for social housing.
Following another nine months of uncertainty, in November he moved into one of eight new social housing units at Lidcombe and says the relief was enormous.
Located close to public transport, shops and local amenities, Mr Dass said most of his neighbours were of a similar age and described the environment around him now as "just fantastic".
"It's a huge difference knowing that I have a place of my own and I don't have to depend on others," he said.
"I may not have the furniture or other things but I have roof over my head to call my own.
"I'm really grateful for organisations like St Vinnies and the housing commission (who were able) to provide for my needs."
Another eight social housing units are set to be completed in Auburn in March, and Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward, says that the NSW Government is rolling out the biggest social housing building program in the country funded by the sale of properties in Millers Point.
"The Millers Point scheme will see more than 1,500 homes built across Sydney and regional NSW," she said.
"The sale of properties at Millers Point, simply means more homes for more people in the areas where they are needed most."

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