Topic

homelessness

49 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Toowoomba Regional Council, Member for Groom, Member for Condamine, Member for Toowoomba South, Member for Toowoomba North, Toowoomba and South West Housing Service Centre

Housing is a human right!

We request that our leaders collaborate to establish Tiny home villages throughout the Toowoomba Region. Amendments to local development planning schemes in addition to amendments to state / federal legislation would allow these facilities to be established and managed. The goal of these emergency housing villages is to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger, and homelessness by offering immediate assistance and long-term solutions.  A tiny home provides security and peace of mind, allowing residents to lock their personal belongings and leave their shelter to engage in their community, access jobs, and participate in other critical activities. Without safe and secure accomodation victims of homelessness are known to suffer from repeated trauma and PTSD which highly inhibits their ability to contribute to society.  Every night in the Toowoomba Region approximately 1000 people, including children are sleeping rough. Rental affordability, mental health, low employment rates, and domestic violence are all key factors that lead to homelessness.  This WOULD NOT eliminate the need for homeless support services, it would INCREASE THEIR EFFECTIVENESS and be a practical part of the social housing puzzle.  There are many global cases of this type of solution AND IT WORKS. https://www.hopeofthevalley.org/tinyhomes : City of Los Angeles USA https://www.shareable.net/11-tiny-house-villages-redefining-home : Cat Johnson|February 9, 2021 Available case studies demonstrate that : 1. Land is to be Council/state or crown land. The landowner facilitates service connections such as power, water, and sewerage.  2. Tiny homes are professionally built by reputable contractors at a sustainable fair price of approximately $5000 each. 3. Projects can then be managed by respective LOCAL service providers.  Please sign this petition if you believe housing is a human right. 

Ellisa Parker
11,495 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to State and Federal Politicians, Local landlords

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY ON THE SUNSHINE COAST NEEDS A DRASTIC OVERHAUL!

Rental accommodation is beyond the reach of both low and middle income earners, so this is imperative to the lives of people in our community. Imagine being on a wage of $550 per week with two children, and having to pay $400 a week rent! Undoable - but many of our friends, family and community members are struggling with this issues every day. Or even worse, being on a pension and having to pay these prices! The crisis is deepening. I have attached a page of comments by people in this situation, some are my friends. But many of my friends in Coolum HeARTs have been living with this issue for years, having to move every so often, a further expense, and always paying higher rent. Come on Sunshine Coast, let’s band together to lobby for our community members, families and friends to be able to afford to live in rented accommodation which is affordable. The facebook entry below is from one of our own young mums and her family. Kelly works in a caring capacity in the Disability sector. Kelly:   Feeling so overwhelmed! I’ve been watching the housing crisis unfold on the SC and know there are so many families now living in tents due to the current crisis. As of yesterday, I am now part of the crisis Rent hike of $50 a week plus I now need to pay $25 a week for the gardener. It’s not like I can move out and find somewhere cheaper because there is nowhere. Landlords are getting so greedy! There is a one bedroom granny flat in the next street for $400 a week.... crazy times! IT TAKES ONE MINUTE TO HELP!!Comments by people looking for housing on the coast. ABC and 7 news.  "It's been pretty crushing for myself and my wife … We're trying to sort of shield the kids away from it," he said. "I've been living out of suitcases, and just constantly having that feeling of being deflated every time you get knocked back, or turning up to a property where there's literally 50 people lined up." "If it was just me, I'd be OK … I could sleep in a tent under a bridge if I desperately needed to. "But because I've got the kids, and especially because I've got younger kids, that's what makes it so, so hard and so stressful and so crushing.""Owners are needing to move back into their properties because they've had their circumstances change … or say an owner's lost their job and they need some extra money, so they've had to sell that property, and that's gone to an [owner-occupier], so that tenant can no longer stay in the property," she said. Statistics show that Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has the 11th most unaffordable housing market in the world. It’s a sorry story that we hear again and again. We have a growing housing affordability and homelessness crisis in Australia, and an oversupply of large (and mostly empty) single-family homes.

Barb Holden
361 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Peter Gutwein, Roger Jaensch

Tasmanian Government: Address The Housing Crisis

In Tasmania currently, many people and families are currently homeless, or about to be, through no fault of their own. There are not enough properties available for everyone, and what is available is very expensive, and more than the recommended 30% of people's income in a lot of cases. Housing Tasmania unfortunately does not have anywhere near enough properties available for the thousands on their waiting list, some of whom have been on the list for over 5 years. There are many empty houses around our state, yet they remain empty.  If we were all in a position to be able to buy a property, I am sure most would prefer to do so, however in these hard economic times, it is out of reach for many. Another issue with the high cost of rent is that it makes it impossible to save for a house deposit, even with secure, long term employment. Families should not have to choose whether to pay rent or feed their children. We need to think of our future generations and without suitable housing they will not have the opportunities that they should. I am not implying that the government can or will fix the problem completely, but all Tasmanians deserve to have suitable housing as a basic human right. Housing stress should not be a way of Tasmanian life. We, the undersigned, are calling upon Peter Gutwein and the Government to do something about this very real and stressful issue before more families and individuals end up living on the streets.

Kristina Williams
402 supporters