An innovative way to give back and be part of the solution by a home owner in Kettering
Kettering home owner Angus Hohenboken, has negotiated a deal with his real estate agent to donate 1% of the sale of his home to Colony 47.
We often say that the whole community has a part to play in ending homelessness and inequality and Colony 47 is constantly amazed by the innovation and generosity in our community.
*Over the years Angus and his partner Anna have made their Kettering property available to people who didn’t have a long list of rental references or were on lower incomes.
“It was around the same time of reports that people had been forced to live in tents at the Hobart Showgrounds and the young man started tying jackets around trees for people who needed them,” Angus said.
“Those stories gave me a stronger awareness of the problems Hobart was facing with its housing pressures and homelessness.”
“There has been a property boom in Hobart, but it is only a select few that benefit from that,” Angus said.
“There is an opportunity there for the benefits to be shared a bit wider.
“When we decided to sell the property, we started to wonder what we could do that would have a positive impact.”
After doing some research, Angus settled on Colony 47, an organisation that he said delivers “appropriate responses to the problems”.
“Of course, there are a lot of organisations that do great work,” he said.
“The young man with the jackets inspired me to do something, and if we can similarly inspire others it would increase the impact of our donation.
“If there was a snowball effect that helped to make a bigger difference, that would be fantastic.”
Angus’s home at 38 Ferry Road at Kettering is listed with Nest Property and priced at $445,000+. He will donate 1 per cent of the sale price to Colony 47, half paid by him and the other half by Nest.
Todd Pepper, property marketing consultant with Nest Property, said the agency was more than happy to be involved with Angus’s initiative.
“It’s not just about the funds to help Colony 47, it’s also a chance to put a spotlight on the important work the organisation does to help Tasmanians that are struggling,” Todd said.
Colony 47’s manager of housing and homelessness solutions, Didi Okwechime, said addressing homelessness should be a “whole-of-community” response where everyone plays their part.
She said the Hohenboken family’s idea was a simple, effective way to have a real impact.
“While 1 per cent might not sound like a huge sum, it can make a huge difference,” she said.
“Imagine if everyone did the same.”