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aprim and floraAprim and Flora Kushaba emigrated to Australia in 1971 and 1973. They each left their native city of Baghdad to settle Aprim says "in a principally Christian Community".

They settled in Melbourne and in 1977 they married and decided to make their permanent home in Sydney.

Prior to gaining accommodation in St Mary’s Village they rented on the private market for 11 years in the Fairfield area, meeting many Assyrian migrants in the area many of whom were suffering housing stress because of high rents in the area.

In 2009 Aprim and Flora applied for tenancy in a project under development in Smithfield that was being built by the Assyrian Church and would be managed by Ecclesia Housing.

They were delighted in April 2011 to be offered a two bedroom property and immediately moved in, adopting a mischievous Lorrikeet (Chucky).

Aprim and Flora say they feel blessed to be living in a beautiful new unit, in a community that is close to their church where they are able to hear their son Father John preach each Sunday.

Aprims wish is that the Church continues to work with the government and Ecclesia Housing to make more housing available to elderly people.

aprim and floraGassan (Gus)and Lisa have been tenants of Ecclesia Housing for six years.

When they applied for housing they were living with Lisa’s parents in Baulkham hills, a situation that was far from ideal.

They had been on the Housing NSW wait list for some time and were despairing of ever being offered a property.

When Gus was contacted to be offered a unit in Ermington he and Lisa were attending the hospital for their first visit after finding that they were expecting a child. The offer could not have come at a better time.

Baby Ibrohim arrived when they were living in Ermington in a top floor unit so the family was delighted in 2009 to be offered a brand new townhouse in Guildford.

They were welcomed to their new home by the then state minister for Housing David Borger and Federal Minister for Human Services the hon Tanya Plibersek, receiving a gift of flowers and chocolates from them.

Lisa says "This is our home. We are close to transport with a bus stop opposite, and not far from family. I am looking forward to our new community garden. Maybe I will be able to plant my vegies and not have Ibrohim pull them out. We have had the same housing worker since moving in to an Ecclesia Housing property and are pleased with that. The worker knows our family and is always available when we have a problem".