Affordable housing down 6% on North Coast: Anglicare report
New research released by Anglicare today shows that just 6.8% of rental properties across the North Coast were affordable for low-income households receiving income support payments, representing a decline of 6% from last year.
“For the fourth year running, Byron Bay recorded no affordable properties available for a household in receipt of income support. There were also no properties available in Ballina or Tweed Heads”, said Ms Jan Barham, Greens NSW Spokesperson on Housing.
“Of greater concern is that Byron, Ballina and Tweed Heads have no affordable properties for some households on the minimum wage, showing that even working households can no longer afford to rent in key areas on the North Coast.”
“Not only is the North Coast home to a large number of people on income support, its economy depends on a casual workforce. The lack of affordable housing means that many of these workers struggle to put a roof over their head because of their insecure incomes.”
The Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot recommended that social housing be boosted on the North Coast and that the tax system be reformed to reduce the cost of housing.
“NSW has 60,000 households on the social housing waiting list, with some waiting up to 20 years for housing. These households are forced into housing stress in the private rental market, or end up homeless because there is nowhere affordable to live.”
“The housing crisis is not just happening in our cities; it’s happening in the regions, too. People on low-incomes are being excluded from communities that were once known for their diversity because there is no social housing available. Government must act to turn around the trend of unaffordable housing that is sadly becoming a hallmark of our towns and cities”, Ms Barham said.
For further comment, please contact Jan Barham directly on 0447 853 891
Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot: http://www.anglicare.asn.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/rental-affordability-snapshot-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=7 (North Coast – p. 36).