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Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

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The number of people seeking priority housing, because they are at risk of homelessness, has increased by well over 100 per cent across the Northern Rivers.

The Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW), the peak industry body, said the priority housing list is for people who are imminant risk of homelessness. Ballina region has seen a 190 per cent increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing with Casino coming second on 165 per per cent. Tweed Heads has seen a 142 per cent jump, Grafton 132 per cent, Byron Bay 129 per cent, Mullumbimby 118 per cent, Lower Clarence 108 per cent, and Lismore 107 per cent increase.

The peak industry body said the priority housing list is for people who are imminent risk of homelessness. Image supplied

The latest Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot reveals affordability is at the worst rate it has ever been in. Across the nation there were no affordable properties for those on Youth Allowance and only three properties were affordable for those on Job Seeker.

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, said there simply aren’t enough homes available across the Northern NSW region to get people into.

‘Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. There’s over 58,000 families and individuals waiting for housing across NSW- that’s why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start to tackle the housing crisis.’

Analysis by CHIA NSW shows NSW remains one of the lowest investors in public housing, compared to other states and territories. Modelling by SGS Economics and Planning forecast that the NSW Government would need to invest $2 billion per year over five years to deliver 25,000 social and affordable homes.

‘The not-for-profit community housing industry is ready to work with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions to get vulnerable people into priority housing. Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,’ said Mr Degotardi.

‘The state budget on June 18 will be a critical one for the Minns Government to show that it is serious- because a housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over.’

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  1. Mmm 15 years I’ve been waiting on housing , on and off priority lists , as my husband was dying and we were homeless with a severely disabled child , a few years later I’m a single mum no child support and struggling with rent at $470 pwk . I miss meal’s I’m always behind on power/water bills especially during winter in an old in insulated house .
    Then I see homeless families and think I’m on cloud nine because I have a roof over our heads FOR NOW anyways .
    Fund housing now ! It’s ridiculous and heartless to of let it get to this point.

    • This is a problem that has been brewing for some decades and won’t be solved overnight ( or even in two years). That doesn’t make it any more palatable – the situation is truly desperate.

      It’s made more difficult by the Greens so wanting to make political mileage out of tragedy that they held up the HAFF – and the projects that were to start with it for six months. They’re now playing the same games with the help to buy scheme.

      • Lizardbreath, more of the, ‘Its all the Greens fault’. Lol!
        The only ones playing games are the ALP.
        If the ALP reckons their housing policies are so stonking great then team up with LibNat, as the ALP does like doing, and get your stuff legislated. No need to worry about the Greens, yeah.
        The HAFF, the Greens had to rescue that to ensure that the HAFF spends a minimum $’s500millijns per year when the ALP kept holding out to not guarantee spending a single cent in any year. Fancy trumpeting a $’s10billions pot of money that didn’t guarantee to spend money building homes. Only the ALP could dream that one up.

        • I think I said it had been brewing for decades Joachim. Nowhere did I say it was ALL the Greens fault. Like Dutton on renewables ( under the guise of cost of living concerns) the Greens know the areas of policy to target for vote harvesting ie housing!

          Unfortunately, the major Government initiatives for dealing with housing policy inertia has been subject to the Greens political games – in league with the Coalition. That includes holding up shovel ready projects in a housing crisis.


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