Affordability: Sydney Rental & Social Housing

April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Came across this US video of homelessness America – Down and Out 

 

The scenes may be from the US of A but the song remains the same. More and more people have access to less and less resources , while a few greedy people who do little have more and more of the worlds resources. 

 

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd
Tony Mundine Hostel

 Affordability is at the root of the Occupy message and Occupy Sydney occupy in the seventh least affordable City in the World. The City of Sydney orchestrated “Homeless count” fudges the numbers of homeless in the Sydney City area. The count is done over a two hour period (midnight to 2am) and only in public spaces. Many homeless people choose to sleep in the day -its safer,especially for the elderly. Missing from this statistic are the many homeless who sleep on private property, or the numerous long term homeless who sleep on the City Rail System.

 

 The “solutions” pro-offered by the government marginalisation industry are often “Jail you pay for”. For example the Tony Mundine Hostels charge students a whopping $168 per week, leaving them a mere $80 per fortnight from their Centrelink allowances to pay for transport clothes and essentials. Hostels such as Matthew Talbot (Vinnies) and Foster House (Salvos) impose draconian rules extra to a tenancy and charge hefty rents while denying that a tenancy exists -in order to ursurp homeless peoples rights in exchange for a roof and a bed.

 

Housing NSW Property at MillersPoint 
for Auction May 1st 2012

   Current NSW Social Housing policy enables the gentrification of some suburbs and the ghettofication of others . A distardly scheme where conveniently located inner City properties of the proportions needed to accommodate larger families or suitable for extended family living are being privatised ( sold on 99 year leases) with no known comparable replacements being built or bought anywhere in Sydney City.  Housing NSW waiting lists exceed 10000 approved applications on awaiting list which seems to move with glacial pace. there are clearly insufficient houses to accommodate all seekers.Yet Sydney City Housing is being sold and not replaced in locations such as Millers Point. 

 

  Housing NSW further exacerbate the high cost of rental accommodation by not only being Australia’s largest landlord, but also Australia’s largest tenant of residential property. By leasing private property to fulfil some social housing rental responsibilities Housing NSW who pay by configuration rather than quality, enable slum and low end landlords to charge above market rents for properties relative to the respective area. This has the effect of lifting the private rental cost of lower end properties in cheaper areas adding to unaffordability.

 

   Missing completely from the basket of non-solutions pro-offered by Federal State and Local government is Affordable Home Ownership -current models have social housing being controlled by the State often under the management of one of the plethora of parasitic agencies. For clients there are more obligations than a standard rental agreement and zero opportunity of ownership. Ownership and therefore control defines a home. For many less than ownership is merely an enslavement handcuff full of recurring obligations and responsibilities -jail you pay for.

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