Improve and Properly fund the South Australian Housing Trust.
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Dear reader, I am a Young South Australian who lives in a South Australian Housing Trust House with my Mum, my dream is to be a politician one day when I am an Adult.
The State Government says they want to upgrade all SAHT homes built before 1968 by 2030. They still need to upgrade those built between 1968 and 1990 because they are becoming outdated and need upgrading as well as the fact that the homes are colder in winter and Hotter in summer due to poor insulation and the use of asbestos which remains in the homes.
The State Government are not building enough new homes and are continuing to Privatise SAHT, which has been happening since the late 1990's/Early-mid 2000's Housing SA does not use In house publicly owned contractors like SAHT used to, they use private contractors who I and others are concerned do things very poorly, Residents have also expressed concern to me that they are paying money for basic maintenance.
SAHT has given management of many properties to Charities or service organisations that often promise many things and do not deliver, They now have a goal of turning a further 4000 over.
SAHT need to be the face once again, right now people get mixed up with SAHT, Housing SA and other Government agencies.
Here is my 10 point plan for a better South Australian Housing Trust, There are others, however these are the main ones:
1. New Logo and Slogan for SAHT and a Department to be named "Department of Public Housing." They would also therefore have a Minister or Cabinet minister dedicated to SAHT as well as other services. SAHT would be the place that people see and deal with, not Housing SA.
2. All new and current Housing Trust Homes to stay publicly owned, maintained and upgraded. The Federal Government should also contribute funding.
3. Build many Quality New Homes within the next several Years including in Rural/Outer Suburbs, using SA Materials where possible and using stronger, better quality materials that have better energy efficiency.
4. Cap rent at a fair rate.
5. Substantially Upgrade all Housing Trust homes built before 1990 with new insulation, Kitchens, and Bathrooms, and, fixing structural damage like Concrete Cancer. Upgrade homes built between the start of SAHT in the 1930's and 1980 by 2025/2030 and homes built between 1980 and 1990 by 2035.
6. Install Solar panels and batteries on as many Housing Trust houses as possible, including on all new houses.
7. Make all new SAHT Homes accessible for those who have Special Needs.
8. Re-Introduce Publicly owned Maintenance that Does not bill Tenants for maintenance.
9. Better support for Tenants, especially those with Special Needs, Older Persons, Victims of domestic Violence, young persons and those who are very disadvantaged. Better support includes, rent checks, checking in with tenants about how they feel where SAHT is concerned support to get to know other local community members, Drug addiction help with Tenant Permission etc.
10. Support for Rural communities with more Housing, support for farmers, Indigenous communities etc.
South Australians should be able to be proud of Public Housing and how it helps many Lower income Families, Pensioners, Singles, Young Adults, those with Special Needs etc. Right now they cannot be proud, the system is broken and needs fixing immediately!
There are major Economic Advantages to making sure Everyone has a Home, including the fact that those people can participate in the community easier.
I have contacted the new Premier Mr. Steven Marshall about Housing Trust and am awaiting a response from him.
Thank You for reading this, I know it is long, and Please sign to get politicians to support a Better Housing Trust.
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