MAKING DREAMS A REALITY
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.