Social housing conference hears how affordable rent means new lease on life

Encouraging and supporting more affordable rental development was one idea generated at NSW Council of Social Service’s (NCOSS) conference in Orange on Tuesday.

The NCOSS conference attracted representatives from Housing Plus, Anglicare, LiveBetter Community Services and Orange City Council, as well as state government representatives.

According to NCOSS there is no “affordable” private rental housing – defined as being worth 30 per cent or less of a weekly income – in Orange for people on Newstart allowances.

Additionally, there is up to a 10-year wait for social housing in Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst, which is increasing the risk of homelessness.

NCOSS’ deputy CEO Melanie Fernandez said the conference heard about a woman who faced homelessness after her marriage ended and she had no savings or job to fall back on.

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