Dear Riot Members,
We are writing to you because we believe there is a huge waste of resources and corruption happening on at the ACT Housing. Our family (2 children) wait for the housing for 2 years. My husband suffers from mental illness and though he got the job, half of his salary is spent on rent.
The house we live in has falling off tiles that nearly missed our young daughter while in bath. Luckily nothing happened but she got really scared and doesnt want any baths since then.
Whenever we tell the Housing personel about our living conditions – they ignore us and send us back ‘copy + paste’ answers that do not answer anything. I believe they ignore us because we are migrants and we have no power nor money nor connections and can’t do anything. And while we need to be transparent with them and unveil any personal details – they do not to tell us how much longer we need to wait for the house. There are no updates – nothing.
But at the same time – not far from us on the corner of McKail Cres. and Cowcher Pl. in Stirling/Weston Creek – there are three ACT Housing houses standing unoccupied for over 10 months!!! now and nothing is happening! What a waste – homeless people could be placed there for a time. We just can’t believe it! But we have no power to do anything about it! We would be pleased if you could investigate it. We have contacted few other agencies with regards to our case and this waste of resources: Welfare, Mental Ilnesses Centre for Migrants, Children Rights Group…
We will contact more. Stateline, Current Affairs or SBS.
We wonder how many people we need to notify before the Housing personel get the message that we are humans and need to be respected and treated with dignity.
We really hope you can have a look at this case and help us to clarify things and make ACT Housing more responsible towards the community.