Homelessness

Rental reform for housing justice
Autumn 2015 / Homelessness / Housing

Rental reform for housing justice

About one in three voters rents their housing. Paul van Reyk explores what the Tenants’ Union of NSW sees as the challenges facing government in delivering a better deal for tenants.

Housing at the right price, in the right place, with the right amenity
Autumn 2015 / Homelessness / Housing

Housing at the right price, in the right place, with the right amenity

It’s one of the mysteries of modern political life that the issue that everyone agrees on – the unaffordability of housing in NSW – seems to pass without serious policies or commitments from the parties at every election. Adam Farrar explores the housing affordability crisis facing lower income people in NSW and spells out what Shelter NSW thinks the NSW Government should do to address the problem.

Inner Voice December / January 1981 article on Waterloo - the film that took 3 years to make
Community Sector / Environment / From the Vault / Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Review: Waterloo the Film – from Inner Voice 1981

In 2008 I watched Waterloo, a documentary by filmmaker Tom Zubrycki, and I was left wondering why I’d not taken the time to watch before. “Waterloo” is an historical account of the 1970s battle by residents of this inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo to save the area from ‘slum clearance’ and redevelopment by the old Housing Commission.

Caught Between The Rocks And A Hard Place
Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Caught Between The Rocks And A Hard Place

With public housing in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks again under threat of sale a group of interested locals formed a group called CoRE following a community meeting. They undertook a detailed investigation of the options for saving the areas historic public housing. The study by Freya Bundey entitled Millers Point, Dawes Point & The Rocks: Living communities presented two options to a community meeting in September 2013. Below is an edited version of the report which raises a number of issues relevant to the broader public housing community in the inner city.

Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Director General: Public Housing Challenges

Michael Coutts-Trotter has come from the NSW Department of Finance and Services to be the Director General of Family and Community Services (FaCS). His move coincided with the same move by the Land and Housing Corporation (the owner of public housing) joining Housing NSW within FaCS. Here, Mr Coutts-Trotter reflects on the housing challenges and describes redeveloping higher value public housing as the one big lever to pull to be able to invest in social housing.

Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Public Housing in Decline

A study by the NSW Auditor General recently concluded that the limited resources available to the NSW social housing system mean that it is only capable of meeting 44% of actual need.

Violence Puts Women On The Street
Autumn 2013 / Domestic Violence / Homelessness

Violence Puts Women On The Street

Women are more likely than men to become homeless – especially rural and Indigenous women – and domestic violence remains the number one cause.