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Elaina – Tenant and Cadet

Elaina Byrne is the first Home in Place cadet through the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) NSW and NSW Government Cadetship Program.

For the past 12 months Elaina, who is also a Home in Place tenant, has been working alongside our tenancy relations and assets teams and, in that time, has successfully completed her Certificate IV in Social Housing.

Elaina says that her Home in Place colleagues have been generous with their time and expertise and knowledge. They helped her get the practical skills and experience required to complete the Certificate IV assessments and have made themselves available to answer any questions.

“I’ve got a genuine belief that housing is fundamental to peoples’ success in other areas of their life” says Elaina.

“Prior to knowing about the cadetship, I knew I wanted to be involved in helping people with their housing. I definitely want a career within the social housing industry.”


Upon the completion of her cadetship, Elaina applied for a full-time role with Home in Place and is now a valued Customer Services Officer based in Newcastle NSW.

Elaina's story in her own words

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