A key worker is generally a person on very low, low and moderate income levels and normally employed in an essential frontline services e.g. nurse, childcare worker, council workers, emergency services, health care and aged care.
Maria, 70, a retired teacher and her daughter Adriana, 42, a childcare worker, were struggling to pay $550 a week, more than 50% of their income for a house in South West Sydney until the owner decided to sell.
With limited options available within their budget they didn’t know where they were going to live. They came across Echo Realty and found out they were eligible for affordable housing. They now live in a 2 bedroom unit paying $370 per week. As Maria is retired she is still able to live in her community, maintaining connections with her social and healthcare networks. For Adriana being able to live near a train station means she can still commute to her CBD job every day and save extra money on transport costs. Thanks to affordable housing Maria and Adriana are now able to run their heating during winter and Maria was able to buy new reading glasses which means she can now volunteer at her granddaughter’s school, assisting year three students with reading. Without affordable housing Maria and Adriana would have continued to live in serious housing and financial stress.
Mariam, 25 was studying in her first year of university when family circumstances meant she could no longer live at home. As Mariam was studying full time and only working part time her rental options were limited in an expensive Sydney market. Mariam was faced with the reality that she would need to drop out of her university course so she could work full time to pay her rent and other living expenses.
Mariam was put in touch with Echo Realty and found out that due to her study and work hours she was eligible for affordable housing, a service she did not even know existed. Mariam moved into her own apartment in the Penrith region paying $286 per week, significantly lower than the market rate. Living in an echorealty property meant Mariam could continue her studies and be living in an area that was close to transport, her university and work meaning she could save money and focus on her studies. Not having the burden of rental stress hanging over her anymore, Mariam completed her degree while living in her Echo Realty property for 3 years. Since then Mariam has become a qualified teacher and has moved into the private market in an area close to her new work.
As a key worker of her community Mariam is giving back every day and thanks Echo Realty for supporting her in that. Without Echo Realty Mariam said she would have never been able to complete her degree and be where she is today.
Russell, 32, who is living with a physical and mild intellectual disability, had been living with his ageing parents unable to find a suitable property that was appropriate for his needs that was also affordable. As his parents were getting older and no longer able to support him as they moved into a retirement village, Russell needed to find housing that was still accessible to his job as a part time cleaner in the Sutherland area.
After finding Echo Realty through a support worker, Russell was able to move into his own apartment and live independently for the first time in his life. Russell pays $276 per week for his apartment in the Sutherland area, close to transport, shopping centres and his job. Without Echo Realty Russell would not have been able to maintain his part time work as travel would have been too difficult and he would not have afforded the local market rent. Russell now continues to be an active part of his community and is going from strength to strength living independently and supporting himself.
Williamson Building Corporation
Under the leadership of Charlie Souma, echorealty have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and an asset in the management of our rental building adding immense value at every stage.
We have worked closely with Echo Realty over the past 4-5 years, during which they have facilitated much of the daily management requirements and played an essential part in the successful running of our properties.
Echo Realty’s processes are well thought out and easy to follow for any landlord.
Charlie, on several occasions has liaised with our team directly about strategic decisions and advice as to how full occupying can be achieved quickly whilst ensuring only quality tenants are selected.
The team at Echo Realty are highly dependable and professional and we highly
recommend Echo Realty as a service provider and managing agent.
It has been a delight to work with echorealty and we look forward to working with them well into the future.
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