Through the lens

Real stories about finding home and hope.

Through the lens showcases examples of good practice and collaboration across the housing and homelessness sector. They share the incredible work being done across NSW, both within Communities and Justice and by our partners.

We’re sharing six stories of people who each overcame a range of challenges but are linked by one common cause – their need for a safe and secure home. Through these stories, we can see how finding a home helped each person in other areas of their lives. These include health, education, employment, safety and social outcomes.

These outcomes align with the Human Services Outcomes Framework. Look out for the outcomes at the end of each story showing what our clients have achieved.

Kim facing the camera while she leans against a pole
Kim and Karma's story
Portrait of Daniel smiling at the camera with the background blurred out
Daniel's story
Garry smiling at the camera while he stands in front of local stores.
Garry's story
Tanya looks back at the camera while she opens the front door of her home.
Tanya's story
Blair laughing with another woman
Blair's story
Ella walking towards the water at the beach with her three children
Ella's story
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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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