We are facing a housing and homelessness crisis in our city - the numbers of people sleeping rough are on the rise and a recent Anglicare report found not one home in Sydney was affordable for someone on Newstart.
The only way to solve this problem is to invest in more social and affordable housing in the inner city.
The City of Sydney's alternate proposal for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate provides a critical opportunity to build 3,700 social and affordable homes right here in the inner city, but to make it happen we need the support of the State Government.
How can I help?
Write separate letters to the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services to call on them to invest in more social and affordable housing in Waterloo.
Not sure what to say?
Emails or letters don’t need to be long, and will be most effective if you use your own words to respectfully tell the Ministers why you think we urgently need more social and affordable housing in the proposed redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate. You could include some of the below in your letter:
- Not one home in any major city in Australia can be classified as affordable for someone on Newstart - a shocking indictment of our society.
- The State Government has committed to reducing homelessness in our city by 50 per cent by 2025, but without significant investment into social and affordable housing in the inner city, these targets are unachievable.
- Affordable housing allows workers such as nurses, teachers and paramedics to live close to their work, and prevents our city from becoming an enclave for the rich.
- Providing social housing is a proven pathway out of homelessness.
- The State Government's proposal for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate will only deliver 35 per cent social and affordable housing, despite being on public land, while delivering 65 per cent private market housing.
- The City's alternate proposal would deliver a more humane housing mix, with 50 per cent social housing, 30 per cent affordable housing with only 20 per cent market housing. This provides an opportunity to build critically needed social and affordable housing on public land in the inner city.
- The State Government should use the proceeds from the sale of the Sirius building to help fund more social and affordable housing in the redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate.