Ten-year housing delay
MP SAYS DEPARTMENT SELLING BUT NOT REPLACING STOCK
MORE than 1000 social housing applicants in Mt Druitt are facing more than 10 years on the waiting list for a property.
The latest State Government figures show wait times for one, two- and three-bedroom homes are currently between five to 10 years, however, applicants after a four-bedroom home are having to wait more than 10 years. As at December 2015, there were 1075 social housing applicants in the Mt Druitt area.
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla said the wait times were unacceptable. “I see some very sad cases come to our office – people without an address telling us they are sleeping in their car or a park or in people’s backyards,” Mr Atalla said.
“The Government needs to focus on fixing this issue – emergency accommodation is temporary – people are held for a few weeks and then they are back on the street.”
Mr Atalla said the extended wait times could be put down to lack of properties. “A crisis has been creat- ed here when the Government has slowed down on maintenance ... there are a lot of empty properties requiring maintenance,” he said.
“The other issue is the department is selling housing properties and not re- placing these or building new stock.”
A Family and Community Services spokesman said the number of social housing applicants in the Mt Druitt area had fallen. “From June 2013, to June 2015 there has been a decrease of 20 per cent for applicants on the housing register in Mt Druitt,” he said.