housing affordability

9 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Hn. Pru Goward, MP (MP for families and community services), Housing New South Wales, Tania Muhailuk

Housing NSW are refusing housing for a 12 yr old with severe medical needs.

Heba is twelve years old, has two sisters and a brother and since she was born she has had to live with a severe medical defect of Spina Bifida-High Lumbar Myelomeningoceole, Shunted Hydrocephalus, Paraplegia, Neurological bladder and bowel problems, Progressive Scoliosis, Imperforate anus which is managed with a colostomy bag, Intellectual disabilities and sleep apnea and Is PERMANENTLY WHEELCHAIR DEPENDANT. Her family have had to live in beyond unsuitable housing conditions in the normal private rental market of real estate and have been on the list for HOUSING NSW for over 10 years and they have not helped her in finding a house to live in that is modified for Heba. Heba is now due for a complete spinal reconstruction and she will be bed bound for a long time and needs a hoist to life her, care for her post ops, as it is going to be very invasive. Her mother and father have been lifting her manually with no medical equipment for over ten years and are now suffering from herniated disc problems and social withdrawal from the stress of having to find suitable housing in the rental market which is rare due to the high rising costs of rental repayments and applications made for a single property in the Canterbury- Bankstown area. Housing NSW will not provide my sister with a house, as they claim "there is NOTHING AVAILABLE', and choose to help with her payments for rent - however! They conclude that the benchmark and maximum they will assist with a house and rental payments in the area they need is no more than $600 per week for a four bedroom house! which is not possible for a wide space, open plan house that can be wheelchair accessible for Heba. Enough is enough! I am not going to let my sister and my niece suffer anymore something needs to be done for this family. Heba has legitimate medical needs and deserves the best possible care she can get! please sign this petition to help me and my sister get housing NSW (Bankstown Office) to provide them with a suitable modified home they deserve! Her current living situation which is completely unliveable Skinny and tiny hallways, a bedroom with equipment she cannot use due to the size of the bedroom and now we are going to resort not having a lounge room to accommodate her needs of her medical equipment. This is what the private rental market have for rent these days .. which is very very hard to even get approved in the first place unless you have connections or money upfront in the thousands for rent! We even have constant letters of recommendations from the Occupational therapists to get housing to help and Drs from Westmead Hospital as well as case workers and local community leaders but housing has not budged or bothered to even sympathise with their situation instead just being hasty. My sister has countless pages of records for houses she applies for via real estate and gets denied because these days owners do not want families in nice big houses and would much rather a four-bedroom house for people with one child... which is making life difficult for them to even be considered to get accepted to rent despite their impeccable rental records of perfect tenancies the past ten years. 

Rhonda Sabouni
1,702 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

My family and I can't be homeless again - make rents affordable for low-income earners!

Unexpectedly homeless, my 13-year-old daughter, my elderly mum and I were forced to couch surf from place to place. Mum couldn't find an affordable rental, and I was forced to leave my home after a relationship breakdown. I never thought this would happen to us.  All it takes is one crisis. My 73-year-old mother lives with a heart condition, and when it's bad I care for her 24/7. My back injury also requires constant specialist attention – so we all live under the same roof to help cover costs. We are fighting so hard to make do. But housing is now absurdly expensive with buying or renting near impossible for lots of people like us on low-incomes. Mum's heart condition and my back injury require so many treatments that aren't covered by Medicare. There are too many families like ours that are being forced into homelessness because there aren't enough affordable homes. Yet politicians are ignoring the issue. The wait lists for people needing urgent help with housing are years long, and most people are locked out of buying a house. We need more community, low-income housing made available by government. This is a crisis for thousands of families like ours. My mother and I just want a safe, affordable and secure home that my daughter can grow up in. We know what being homeless is like and we can’t do it again. It would be too much for us all. Please help by signing our petition. Please, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten – stop families like ours from becoming homeless again by creating more affordable housing for people on low incomes.

Christine Thirkell
2,851 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
18,354 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek, Senator Richard Di Natale, Wayne Swan, Emma Mc Bride, Malcom Turnbill

End Ridiculous House Prices in Australia NOW

Regardless of the political propaganda and spin that is being manufactured, nobody can actually and in all honesty deny that there is currently a real problem with the cost of buying and/or renting homes within Australia. Most Australians (regardless of their age) are resigned to the fact that they will never be able to afford their own home unless they win lotto or are the beneficiary of some other type of miracle windfall. I believe it is every Australian's right to own their own home. Home ownership imparts  to a person the type of security and stability that no other type of rented/leased accommodation can. To own a home used to be called 'The Great Australian Dream' and our country used to be known as the 'Lucky Country' but sadly neither of those slogans can stand firm as a true picture of our country anymore. The 'Great Australian Dream' began to die in the 1990's and I would venture to say that the position Australia held as 'the Lucky Country' started to fade around the same time. No doubt there were numerous factors at play during that time which has bought this about (the introduction of Negative Gearing, the entry into the Global Market, the lax laws that existed and still exist regarding international sales and ownership of Australian land, business' and homes are possibly some of the many ingredients that went into this disastrous blend) but whatever was the most toxic cause aside, the truth of the matter is this: Unless you are one of the fortunate few who has inherited your parents' legacy (their home/land purchased pre 1990's) or come from a fortunate background or are amongst the top small percentage of earners here you probably wont ever own your own home. For renters, the picture is no less unattractive. Prices for rental accommodation is ridiculously unfair and affordable for many, many people. Nowadays many people are spending up to half of their income on rental properties and many more are trapped in government and social/community housing with no hope or reality of ever getting out of them. Recently I went looking in our local market for a rental property only to find that the few (very few)  properties that were available at the lower end of the spectrum started at $350 per week. In fact, some real estates told me that I would find nothing in relation to a 2 or 3 bedroom home in my price range and their lowest listing started at $420 per week. Realistically how is any normal low to middle income family supposed to afford these shameful prices and still be able to cope with ever rising utility and living expenses. I truly believe that something has to be done by our Government Representatives to reverse this huge problem within Australia. Rental stress and financial stress are two of the biggest factors that are destroying peoples lives and wellbeing. To have to make a choice of eating or paying your rent is not acceptable. We as Australians should have the right to safe, affordable and stable housing from which we can endeavour to create truly productive and fulfilling lives. The Government struggles to find solutions to the rising mental health problems, domestic violence, increased rates of suicide, unemployment and other issues like rising heart problems and substance abuse. Can they not see that a person's environment and living condition do play a major part in contributing to these types of problems. They are refusing to face the facts that have been documented and presented to them so many times already. They are insisting on looking for cheap quick fixes to these complex issues but are so blind to the obvious. Australian people need and deserve to be able to live proper lives with a stable home base without having to suffer for it. Australian people are entitled to have a dream and fulfill it. Australian people are being forced to suffer through a crisis that should never have existed and it is their job (the Government Representatives that have been trusted to and elected by the Australian people to look after them. For too long they have sat by and just watched as this enormous balloon of a market was allowed to expand and rise out of the Australian peoples' hands. Sign this petition and let them know that you are serious about the issue, it is time for you to tell them that they are now expected to get serious on the issue too. No more little handouts and glossy words because we have heard enough waffle from them and it is now the time that they are expected to actually start to do the hard yards that they should have been doing all along. It is now the time to tell them to "END THE RIDICULOUS HOUSE PRICES THAT ARE PLAGUING THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE AND THE AUSTRALIAN HOUSE MARKET!"        

Janine Harpley
20 supporters