Kylie experienced a difficult couple of years battling with some personal issues but City West provided the stability she needed to create the life she wanted.
“City West has helped get me back on my feet. It was very hard at first but knowing I had secure housing and a roof over my head was the first step to my recovery. I wouldn’t want to imagine where I would have ended up without the help and support from City West.”
With her past experience and the stability that living at City West has afforded her, Kylie has been motivated to give back to the community.
As one of the co-founders of Children of the Night Markets – which is raising funds and awareness for programs nationwide that are giving children the support to lead a happy and safe life - her mission is to create sustainable change in the lives of at risk children by implementing innovative programs nationally and internationally. Through this role, Kylie will b able to act as a role model to vulnerable children, family and communities across Australia and demonstrate all the possibilities to help them live a positive life.
“I’m not afraid to talk about my past or the journey I have taken to get to where I am today. Now I’m here, I want to show others like me just how good life can be.”
It is because of the affordable housing model of City West Housing that Kylie has been able to live and work in the inner city area of Sydney and it has enabled her to create a life where she is happy and able to give back to the community.
“Without being able to afford a safe and secure place to live, near to where I work, I would not have been in the position to get the help I needed to get myself back on my feet and to also inspire others by what I have achieved so far with the Children of the Night Markets.
"Having secure housing with City West has meant everything to me. When I hit rock bottom and had nothing, City West was the only thing I had left. It kept me going and having secure housing has given me more drive to help others as I know firsthand how import having a roof over your head is; especially when you have nothing else”.