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“Like a five-star hotel’: Homeless find stability in a place of their own” writes The Age

Armindo De Olizeara (right) outside his new home at the @unisonhousing social housing development in Footscray, with Unison CEO James King.

After suffering two strokes and being deemed unable to earn a living by doctors, Armindo De Olizeara was forced to live in squalor in a private rooming house. Recently, Mr De Olizeara moved into his own self-contained flat in Footscray after social housing non-profit Unison transformed a dilapidated apartment block into 54 new affordable and modern units.

The development, partially funded by the state government, was designed with a focus on residents’ wellbeing, safety and quality of life, with on-site support staff, plenty of natural light, good airflow and energy efficiency. “I feel like I’m in a five-star hotel,” Mr De Olizeara said. “I’ve got lots of space. I’m very happy where I am.”

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Manresa feels honored to work on such a project and values the work Unison does to address affordable housing and hopes to assist people in creating a meaningful home.

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