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“I was born and grew up in Cherbourg. I came to Brisbane in the late 70s/early 80s, aged 15 or 16.
As an adult I’ve had some personal and traumatic experiences in my life. I used to live in between housing but mainly on the streets from the late 90s. Since then I witnessed and experienced violence and extreme poverty, where I used to look in the rubbish bins for food.
I was an alcoholic, and drank before sun up til after sun down. That’s when my health started deteriorating. I developed chronic health conditions, mainly double pneumonia, two slight heart attacks, and died three times. I was often in and out of hospital - a total of 12 times - and that would’ve been within two months of each other.
In 2009 I first met up with Micah Projects. They housed me in public housing through 50 Lives 50 Homes. I had tenancy support through Street to Home, and remained housed.
My health has improved dramatically since I’ve been housed now that I’ve got warmth, without getting cold when it rains. I have access to healthcare support and I sleep well without any threat of violence. I can make a cup of tea or coffee, do a bit of cooking of my own. I have my children and grandchildren around and enjoy a better quality of life with them.
All thanks to Micah Projects, and all thanks to 50 Lives 50 Homes.”

Photographer: Courtesy of Micah Projects

Last updated 23 April 2014    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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