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Community disillusioned as Federal Parliament launches Housing Inquiry

By DANIEL LO SURDO Federal Parliament launched a new Inquiry to housing affordability and supply in Australia this month. The Inquiry was announced by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue Chair and Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski after data from the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Treasury and the Australian Bureau […]

Sleeping in shifts: Understanding the reality of Sydney’s homeless surge

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading housing experts have become increasingly concerned with the housing structures propelling homelessness patterns in the inner-city.  On any given night in Australia, over 120,000 people will be separated from secure housing, shelter and safety. Closer to home, it’s estimated that there are over 250 Sydneysiders forced to journey the side […]

“Meanwhile use”: City of Sydney trials housing women in need in vacant student accommodation

By ELYSIA COOK Vacant student accommodation, dwindling international students and soaring domestic violence reports are all a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Sydney is exploring an innovative opportunity as a result. Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully is advocating for vacant student accommodation to be used as transitional housing for women at risk. […]

NSW Budget won’t fix housing crisis, sector says

BY EVA BAXTER Those who work in the sector call for dramatic expansion and clearer terms following the 2021-2022 NSW Budget’s $800 million commitment to the state’s housing crisis. Cathryn Callaghan, Senior Policy Officer at Shelter NSW, told City Hub, “you’d expect to see billions, not hundreds of millions.” Victoria announced $5.3 billion in 2020, […]

How much support will the City of Sydney’s affordable housing expansion offer inner-city residents?

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government approved plans last month to extend the City of Sydney’s affordable rental housing scheme throughout the inner-city, with the new changes to come into effect on the 1st of July this year.  Changes will mean that more affordable rental properties will be available in the city as new […]

What does the NSW Housing Strategy 2041 mean for inner-city housing?

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government announced plans to provide immediate support for people experiencing homelessness and better housing as part of its Housing Strategy 2041 report.  The Housing Strategy 2041 outlines the State Government’s 20-year vision for better housing, with the establishment of a cross-sector expert housing advisory panel, better use of government-owned […]

“Save our homes”: Protesters call on parliament to protect public housing

By ALLISON HORE Residents from a number of threatened public housing communities across Sydney’s inner city came together at Martin Place today to call for their homes to be saved from the wrecking ball.  The rally followed last week’s release of the NSW Government’s Housing 2041 Strategy and called for the future of a number […]

‘Communities Plus’ what? Understanding the inner-city social housing program

By DANIEL LO SURDO When the NSW Government announced plans last November to redevelop the social housing estates of the City of Sydney, what followed a fleeting emotion of relief was a sustained, unprecedented feeling of panic.  Much of the affordable housing of South Eveleigh, North Eveleigh and Glebe had been without proper maintenance for […]

The fight for Franklyn Street

By ALLISON HORE Rose has lived in her public housing unit in Glebe for the past two decades. One day she went outside and found an A4 flyer laying in the street showing concept art for a proposed new development on the site of her home. That’s the first time Rose heard about the government’s […]

Public housing pushed out

BY ALANA LEVENE Over the past five years, Barney Gardner has watched his Miller’s Point community slowly fall apart. The 69-year-old retired wharf worker knew his working-class suburb had little chance of survival when in 2014, the government announced the intended sale of 300 harbourfront public housing properties. Tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point, and […]