In 2011, during Cyclone Yasi, Sharon Henderson’s home burned down. The devastating fire left Sharon and her seven children homeless and in desperate need of rental accommodation.
“It was not a good time for me,” recalls Sharon. “Their father was not there, we had lost our home, and lost everything. I took my children with me down to Queensland Housing and begged for a home but they didn’t have anything. I sat there from 8.30am when it opened and stayed until the afternoon. Eventually, I was referred on and learned about Yumba-Meta.”
Sharon and her family were given emergency accommodation. In 2013, Sharon moved her family to their current home in Kirwan, close to her children’s school. “I fell in love with the house immediately. It had a brand-new electric stove, a patio at the back, a bus stop at the front and it’s eight doors down to Woolworths.”