More out in cold

The rate of homelessness in Auburn, has increased by a whopping 175 per cent, compared with a State increase of 36 per cent, over lack of affordable housing.

Story appeared in: Review | March 29th, 2018

THE number of people in Auburn without a place to call home has jumped dramatically between 2011 and 2016, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The census data shows 1,726 people were homeless in 2016, up from 628 people in 2011, that's a 175 per cent increase compared to the statewide jump of 36 per cent.
Opposition Leader and State MP for Auburn, Luke Foley, slammed the Government for its failure to tackle the rise in homelessness "despite raking in more than $11 billion in stamp duty revenue".
"Rather than tackling homelessness, the NSW Government has flogged off over 4,000 social housing properties since being elected in 2011," he said.
The data also revealed that the national homeless figure had climbed to more than 116,000, with Mission Australia CEO James Toomey saying he was not "at all surprised".
"It's what our services and others across the sector have experienced for years," Mr Toomey said.
"The housing market is not delivering for those on the lowest and even moderate incomes." The lack of appropriate social and affordable housing is very clearly evidenced in the alarming rise in overcrowding, particularly in NSW, where the housing market has seen some of the most significant price rises."
Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward, acknowledged that the ABS figures for NSW showed "some emerging issues, including overcrowding".
"The NSW Government will investigate this issue and what needs to be done to address it," she said. "The data states that 45 per cent of all homeless people in NSW are living in overcrowded dwellings that exceed occupancy standards."
She added that the Government had made a "record investment" in homelessness services and programs which had increased by 43 per cent over four years.

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 136011 | Viewcount: 4580