Sanjida Pathan knows what it’s like to struggle to find somewhere to live.
The south Auckland mum and her three children aged 8, 17, and 19 have lived in a private rental property, a state house, and were once homeless.
They’re now a partner family with the charity Habitat for Humanity, which helps people to buy their own home.
Pathan, 36, has a degree in social work and biculturalism and lives with her children in Māngere East.
The family lived in a private rental house in the suburb from 2009-2011 but had to move out when the landlord sold it.
She was paying about $350 a week for the four-bedroom home.
“It was easier back then. Rents were still relatively manageable,” Pathan says.
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