Norlane affordable housing becomes a home

Harry and Sue Hinsley are in love with their new unit in Baptcare’s affordable housing development in Norlane.

The Hinsleys decided to make the move from their previous residence in Corio due to financial reasons and upon seeing an advertisement in the local paper for the new establishment, contacted Baptcare.

So far, their experience with Baptcare has been memorable.

“Both my wife and I are currently unemployed and this was the perfect setting to be able to manage our new lifestyle,” Harry said.

“Baptcare has been great. The units were easy to find out about and were completely brand new. It was an easy decision.”

Initially Harry and Sue were to move into a 1.5-bedroom unit, but were upgraded to a 2-bedroom unit and are absolutely loving their newfound space.

Coming furnished with a kitchenette and lots of cabinetry for extra space, the unit suits the lifestyle of the Hinsleys.

“There is enough room for us two to live, and even when we have the kids and grandchildren over every second Sunday for lunch there’s more than enough room,” Harry said.

Harry cannot speak highly enough of the warmth and culture of the Norlane Affordable Housing community, noting how festive everyone was over the holidays and how it really made it feel like home.

“We threw a small get-together on Christmas Eve for the street. Lots of people came and we had a really good night. It was great.” Harry added.

Harry and Sue are just two of 105 tenants who now call the recently completed 52 affordable houses home at the Baptcare Norlane Integrated Community.

The units provide low income families, older people and people with disabilities a home in which they can feel safe and supported, while accessing a range of services including education, training and employment. Units are available to those who find it difficult to manage in the private rental market.

Tenants come from varying backgrounds including single parents who are unable to afford private rent, families who were living in refuge, families escaping family violence, families with no previous rental history which hindered their rental options, and families who have sought asylum in Australia.

Baptcare Affordable Housing (BAH), a subsidiary company of Baptcare, manage the units as part of Baptcare’s commitment to the Norlane community.

Contact: Annemarie Watt

Phone: 0428 063 664