What Toowoomba man is doing to help refugees

AT JUST 20 years old, Toowoomba’s Jacob Oyat bought his first investment property to create affordable housing for refugees.

Now 21, Mr Oyat has plans to buy more properties for the same purpose, to help families just like his which left South Sudan when he was only five because of the country’s civil war.

“Being a refugee from Sudan, also knowing the difficulties that come about when you are settling into a country like Australia, and just trying to make the transition into society as easy as possible,” Mr Oyat said of his decision.

He said housing was a good investment, but what was needed was low-cost housing for refugees and people from a low socio-economic background.

“Most people go into an investment like this not really considering the social aspect of it, more so for personal gain,” he said.

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