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Affordable housing action delayed

By johnboy 15 August 2006 23

Well our Chief Minister has announced that he’s going to put off doing anything about affordable housing.

“announced the formation of a high-level cross-Government steering group to advise the Government on initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing in the ACT”

How many years? How many plans? We’re back to steering groups?

How about increasing supply?

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miz 8:35 pm 18 Aug 06

Indi, that’s how I got my govie house – moved 7 times in five years in private rental, and finally couldn’t find anything anywhere near what I could afford. Had to BEG my landlord to allow me to stay on for (what was then the length of the priority housing list) three months, still paying rent.

Have you ever had to beg? For something that you should not have to beg for? I have had to do it a lot – shamelessly – eg in doctor’s surgeries, usually in the public waiting room (please will you bulkbill my three children) etc. It’s humiliating and not the avenue of choice.

As for housing, the private rental market as it stands is not the answer. And I doubt I will ever be able to afford even a deposit to get into the mortgage belt. I am just ms-average-not-particularly- well-off one income, sole parent family. Not a drug addicted alcoholic victim of domestic violence with a mental illness etc. The tighter the criteria, the less it will apply to the majority of needy.

Indi 9:02 am 18 Aug 06

miz – don’t wish to rain on your parade excessively, but just who has security of tenure? It’s not a sticking point.

Private renters certainly do not nor do households up to the eyeballs in debt with a mortgage…reality bites to be blunt.

Social housing in its true form must remain an option for families identified as in need and ‘tenure’ is an issue best considered in a utopia.

simto 8:48 am 18 Aug 06

I don’t particularly like moving house. Which is why I bought mine.

Admittedly, I bought it back in ’99, before housing prices went bonkers. But still, I know a fair few people who have bought themselves houses becuase they’re not a fan of moving- not all of which are on particularly high wages.

And if you want security of income, permanent jobs are available out there quite easily. I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for people who mysteriously have high paying contracts for six months and then don’t for another six months – if you’re good enough to get a high paying contract, you’re probably good enough to be getting a decently paying wage.

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