Sydney’s housing affordability crisis is especially acute in the inner city, driven by high private rental prices, the lack of affordable rental housing, and inadequate social housing. And it’s a crisis that impacts on attracting and retaining essential workers, which weakens our economy.
Over 10 years, rents in the City have risen by 70 per cent and home prices by 65 per cent.
84 per cent of very low to moderate income households — essential workers including the teachers, police officers and nurses who keep our city running — are suffering housing stress. Across NSW, 60,000 households are on the social housing waiting list and the number of people sleeping rough in our City is increasing, up 19 per cent in the past year.
To date, we have supported the delivery of 753 new affordable housing dwellings with an additional 602 dwelling in the pipeline - a significant contribution but it’s not enough.
We need much stronger action from all levels of government. Global cities like London and New York are tackling housing affordability through proactive policies backed by significant funding and NSW needs the same.
The City is the only NSW Council with a dedicated Homelessness Unit. We have committed $4.2 million over the next three years to help fund outreach services and deliver Connect 100 and Common Ground which house people experiencing homelessness in the inner city.
We defend social housing in the inner city, particularly in Millers Point and Waterloo. We remain committed to working with other levels of governments to address the chronic shortage of social housing in the local area.
The City’s Public Housing Liaison Officer contacts up to 2,500 public housing residents each year and we meet regularly with social housing residents to provide support and be a voice for them.