MAK­ING DREAMS A RE­AL­ITY

The Courier-Mail - Home - - CHANGING LIVES - EMILY BLACK

With an aim to make the dream of home own­er­ship a re­al­ity for the dis­ad­van­taged, com­pany and reg­is­tered char­ity Pro­jec­t4Change, have re­leased their lat­est project to the mar­ket.

P4C builds homes for the home­less, vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, peo­ple with spe­cial needs and very low-in­come work­ers.

Their lat­est de­vel­op­ment has opened in Ip­swich, of­fer­ing dis­ad­van­taged lo­cals an af­ford­able way to buy a home and live in a com­mu­nity which sup­ports them.

P4C founder Greg Cree said 12 three- bed­room town­houses at Le­ich­hardt were com­pleted with a fur­ther five spe­cial needs apart­ments to be built.

Adi (Lucy) Speight, her hus­band Fredrick Work and their two pri­mary school aged chil­dren Josh and Dorinda were among the first to ben­e­fit from the project.

“I am a for­mer Fi­jian jour­nal­ist who was forced to flee my coun­try for speak­ing out about the gov­ern­ment and with­out P4C my fam­ily and I would have nowhere to go,” Ms Speight said. “I’m so grate­ful for all the ef­fort ev­ery­one has gone to and feel so happy.”

Mr Cree said the de­vel­op­ment broke down the stigma around the in­abil­ity to af­ford prop­erty, and with 14 per cent of Ip­swich res­i­dents suf­fer­ing “rental stress”, the need for an­other hous­ing op­tion was clear.

“Fam­i­lies like Lucy’s can move into a home all of their own, and at around $290,000, it’s for a price that’s of­ten less than what they would be pay­ing in rent else­where,” he said.

“It’s taken seven years to get this project up and run­ning – it’s cre­ated 100 con­struc­tion jobs for Ip­swich and see­ing what it means to Lucy makes it all worth it.’’

For­mer Fi­jian jour­nal­ist Lucy Speight and her fam­ily are among the first to move in to the Pro­jec­t4Change Le­ich­hardt project.

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