More public housing to go?20 April 2012
Millers Point tenants are fearful about the security of their homes. Some have told me that Housing NSW has assessed over 100 homes for potential sale.
In response to my Question in Parliament about the Government’s plans for the future of Millers Point public housing, the Minister for Family and Community Services stated that funds from the sale of 32 heritage listed properties sold since 2008 had been used for housing. She said a further four properties will be sold and the Government is reviewing the future of the sales strategy.
There is a small, but strong and supportive community in Millers Point, which has had low rates of vacancy, tenancy breaches and disputes, and tenants help other more vulnerable people. This area is a good example of the “social mix” of public, private and affordable housing that the Government supports.
There is a very high demand for social housing in the Housing NSW Inner City zone, which offers health and welfare services, as well as public transport and employment. The Government should retain social housing in the inner city.
I have asked the Minister to meet with me and a delegation of tenants to ask her to prevent further sell off of Millers Point properties.