Housing co-operative helps seniors stay independent


No place like an affordable home: Resident Nan Maria with Co-operation Housing CEO Rebecca Hicks.
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No place like an affordable home: Resident Nan Maria with Co-operation Housing CEO Rebecca Hicks. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d449772

Owned by the City of Fremantle and managed by community housing provider Co-operation Housing, the 11-unit complex is reserved as accommodation for seniors on low to moderate incomes, targeting Fremantle’s ageing population and the growing desire among seniors to remain as independent as possible.

An alternative to social housing, Co-operation Housing chief executive Rebecca Hicks said that in a time of growing housing prices, projects like these were important for those who had to rely on the rare availability of affordable housing.

She said the idea was to offer more people the opportunity to live in secure and affordable residential communities that were both economically and socially self-sustaining.

“The City of Fremantle’s planning strategy has identified that Fremantle’s population is ageing, creating demand for smaller, more manageable forms of housing that promote independent living,” she said.

“Safe, secure and affordable housing is a basic human need and it’s crucial to anyone’s wellbeing and dignity to be able to access well-maintained housing.

“Seniors on low incomes are among the most vulnerable in our community, both financially and physically, so it is particularly important for their housing needs to be met.”

Nan Maria, who lives in one of the newly refurbished units, said she was enjoying her new home.

“Although I’ve only recently moved into my new housing, I feel like I have been welcomed warmly by the other residents, and made to feel thoroughly at home,” she said. “Everyone at Co-operation Housing is super friendly and helpful.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to my new life here, and I feel very grateful for this opportunity.”

Call 9336 5045 to inquire about housing availabilities.