The peak housing advocacy body, Shelter NSW, today urged the NSW Government to adopt the key recommendations of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), released today in the final report of its Review of rent models for social and affordable housing.
“Social housing in NSW and around Australia is currently unsustainable” said Shelter CEO, Karen Walsh.
With the NSW government announcing the transfer of another 18,000 public housing properties to the community housing sector in coming years, many tenants are asking what it will mean for them and their tenure in social housing.
Shelter NSW has realeased its submission responding to the draft strategic plans released by the Greater Sydney Commission in November 2016, for comment by 31 March 2017. The plans will affect land use and development plans in greater Sydney over the next 4 decades.
Shelter NSW has made a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee review of the Bill to change social housing and homelessness funding from the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) to a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).
On 16 November 2017, the Senate referred the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness) Bill 2017 to the Economics Legislation Committee. The Bill provides the legislative framework for the new bilateral agreements under the NHHA, replacing the current multilateral NAHA.
Shelter NSW together with Homelessness NSW, the Tenant's Union of NSW, Churches Housing, NCOSS and Yfoundations, wrote to Premier Berejiklian asking the NSW Government to invest the $2 billion in public money allocated to rebuild sporting stadiums, towards homes and services for vulnerable and low income households in NSW.
Homelessness, rental affordability and rental insecurity for low income households are at a crisis level;
“The latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) tells us that there are whole sections of our community who can’t find affordable rental accommodation in the state of New South Wales”, Shelter NSW CEO, Karen Walsh said.
“The RAI clearly shows that our current housing system is not ‘fit for purpose’. We have a shortage of 100,000 social and affordable housing dwellings and we can’t afford to do more of the same. Governments need to focus on increasing the supply of social and affordable housing”.
We have just uploaded 3 recent Shelter submissions to the web-site. They are submissions to:
The Spring edition of our journal Around the House is now available on the web-site. This edition includes articles on:
This edition contains the following article:
Today we have released three new reports, Equitable Density, (Shelter Brief 61) produced for Shelter by City Future Research Centre at UNSW.