Fund more social and affordable housing in the inner city

Sydney is facing a housing and homelessness crisis. 

The only way to solve this problem is to fund more social and affordable housing in our city. 

We call on State and Federal leaders to commit funding for housing for people on low incomes in the inner city, particularly in Waterloo. 

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Sydney is facing a housing and homelessness crisis. 

The only way to solve this problem is to fund more social and affordable housing in our city. 

We call on State and Federal leaders to commit funding for housing for people on low incomes in the inner city, particularly in Waterloo. 

Not one home in Sydney is affordable for someone living on a Newstart allowance. People on low incomes are shut out of our city, and the number of people sleeping rough in the inner city is on the rise.

The solution is to provide housing for people on low incomes however Federal Government spending on social housing hasn't meaningfully increased since the 90s.

The NSW Government has recently announced targets to halve homelessness in our city by 2025. But without funding for social and affordable housing in the inner city, these targets are unachievable.  

The proposed redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate provides a critical opportunity to build 3,700 homes for people on low incomes right here in the inner city.

But despite being on public land, the State Government’s current scheme proposes that of 6,800 dwellings, 65 per cent will be private housing, with only 30 per cent allocated to social housing and 5 per cent to affordable housing.

The City of Sydney’s alternate proposal provides a more humane housing mix, delivering 50 per cent social housing, 20 per cent affordable housing and 30 per cent private housing. Importantly our proposal will specifically set aside affordable homes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. 

It’s a better outcome for the Waterloo community and for our city, but to make it happen we need the support of the State and Federal Government.

Will you sign our petition to ensure our city remains diverse and inclusive?