Homelessness in NSW: failing to meet the social housing need

Homelessness in NSW: failing to meet the social housing need

The availability of social housing in New South Wales has failed to keep up with increases in population and demand.

The NSW government passed new laws allowing the government to move homeless people on from crown land in response to homeless people camping in Martin Place. The lord mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, had refused to clear the Martin Place “tent city” unless the state government agreed to a list of demands, including a guarantee of new long-term housing for the homeless.

A Guardian Australia analysis of housing figures shows that NSW is one of three states or territories where the waiting list for social housing has increased while the supply of social housing, when adjusted for population and demand, has gone backwards.

National figures on social housing, which includes public housing (housing provided by the government), community housing (affordable housing run by non-government organisations), and Indigenous community housing, are collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), with collated figures published by the Productivity Commission.

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