Welfare groups push to ease social housing crisis leaving families on the brink of homelessness

Fatima Sidiqi is scared she’ll be homeless. She moved to Australia from the slums of Pakistan for a brighter future, but now she’s one of thousands on a social housing waiting list desperate for somewhere to live.

With three children, all of whom have special needs, Fatima (not her real name) will be evicted from her rental home in a month because the landlord wants to upgrade his property.

“I worry about my children, what will happen to their future,” she said.

“If I don’t get help, what if I lose my children?”

The 27-year-old is one of 21,000 South Australians on the Housing SA waiting list, but of the 36,000 owned by the State Government, only 560 are in process of becoming vacant.

With a sluggish annual turnover rate of 1.6 per cent, it will take years before even the most desperate are offered a dwelling.

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