From home owner to homeless
- 1 March 2021 9:17AM
For Jane*, it was just a few rough life events that made the difference between being financially independent to falling into homelessness.
After a marriage breakdown and a change in her work situation, Jane could not afford the repayments on her home loan. She had to sell her house because the bank was threatening to foreclose on the mortgage.
“I lost a lot of money selling the house but at least I paid off the mortgage. It’s not good at 64 to find that you have nowhere to live,” Jane said.
Kelly, Customer Service Manager at the Mt Isa Housing Service Centre, said Jane was embarrassed about needing to seek help and her mental health was deteriorating.
“Jane couldn’t afford a private rental. Mt Isa is a mining town and rentals are expensive so we completed an application for social housing,” Kelly said.
“We were able to find her a ground floor unit in a complex that has mostly senior residents.”
Jane has been living in her unit for six months and is extremely grateful for the help that she has received.
“The stress is gone now. I live in a complex with a lovely group of ladies. I was able to take my shih tzu terrier with me because the other tenants had small dogs.
“The unit is walking distance to my daughter’s place which is great because I look after my grandkids after school.
“I love living here.”
*Name changed for privacy reasons.