Shelter strongly supports a version of an income related rent in it's submission to the IPART review, on the basis that the affordability is the overwhelming need, together with security. These are the preconditions for any pathway to improved opportunities for tenants
Following submissions and meetings with housing sector peaks, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, decided to put on hold the tabling of legislation that would have allowed bonds to be charged for public tenants. This will allow time for a further review. The issues the Minister wants to consider further are:
The Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is calling for submissions for its review of rents models for social and affordable housing.
IPART has been asked by the Premier to review:
- the approach used to set rents for social and affordable housing, and
- the criteria used to decide who receives this housing and other forms of housing assistance.
The Issues Paper provides information about what the review covers and how IPART will undertake it, and the specific questions on which it is seeking submissions from stakeholders.
The two main presentations from this week's seminar (31 October) are now availble on the web-site:
Alan Morris - Overview of the report, A Contemporary Forced Urban Removal: The Displacement of Public Housing Residents from Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Sirius Building by the New South Wales Government. Available here
This report examines the Australian literature on issues faced by tenants in public housing estate renewal programs. The bulk of the review was carried out in late 2013 and early 2014. This edition brings it up to late 2016. It uses publicly available information from approximately the past 10 years, drawing on academic, community and government sources to identify the key issues for tenants and how renewal projects respond to these issues. The report can be downloaded here.
The decision to sell all public housing in Millers Point, the Rocks and Dawes Point and relocate the tenants to other areas has attracted fierce debate. Few are unaffected by the plight of those who’ve lost their homes and for whom the loss of ties to place and community continues to cause ongoing grief. Professor Alan Morris from the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at UTS conducted a study exploring the impact of this process on the tenants.
After delaying for nearly 7 years, the government has announced the next round of transfers of public housing to community housing management. The Minister, Brad Hazzard, announced (FACS) would transfer, on a long leasehold basis, management of approximately 18,000 properties to the community sector. This delivers on a COAG agreement made in 2009 to transfer up to 35% of social housing to community housing providers.
Shelter is saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of Ross Smith of Peoples Precinct Waterloo.
Ross was an active member of Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board as the Peoples Precinct rep, a member of Counterpoint Community Services, King Cross Community Centre and South Sydney Community Aid, Treasurer and long-standing member of REDWatch, volunteer of South Sydney Herald and active Australian Labor Party member.
A number of public housing estates have been redeveloped in NSW in the past decades, others are in the middle of redevelopment projects right now. The NSW Government’s recently released strategy, Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, suggests that there will be a lot more in the next ten to twenty years.
In this Shelter Brief, Prof Morris, presents, in their own words, the experiences of a sample of Millers Point residents involved in the recent forced removal of public tenants.