Housing information in the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services; Stigma and pride at Bidwill; Inquiry into affordable housing; FAIRbruary; and more.
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Fact-based reporting

Digest of housing information in the Report on Government Services

A few weeks ago, the Productivity Commission handed down its annual Report on Government Services, including a whole chapter on housing and another on homelessness. For those without the time to trawl through all 533 pages, we've put together two short digests of the most interesting parts relating to housing:

Stigma and pride

Reporting on the Bidwill housing estate

The ABC has produced a few reports this month on the public housing estate at Bidwill. One quote from Housing NSW Executive Director, Paul Vevers, caught our eye: "There aren't role models for young people here" he said. In response we've compiled a few stories which show that there are indeed inspiring people and role models in the Bidwill community, whether they're studying, working, or dealing with being out of work.

Paliamentary inquiry into affordable housing

Deadline for submissions is 28 February

The NSW Government is conducting an Inquiry into Affordable Housing. Submissions are closing on Friday 28 February. At the Tenants' Union we are hard at work finalising our submission, which is informed by liaison with the network of Tenancy Advocacy and Advice Services, and consultation put on by the Inner Sydney Regional Council. We will also incorporate data from our survey last month, which 580 people responded to - thank you! We will report on the survey results at the Shelter conference in April.

FAIRbruary

Campaigning to make NSW fairer

The NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS) has been running FAIRbruary this month - a campaign to increase fairness in NSW. Among other proposals, NCOSS is advocating:
  • a formal four year plan with numerical targets to increase the supply of social and affordable housing;
  • encouraging investment in innovative housing responses by community housing providers;
  • recognising social housing as an integral part of the NSW Government’s infrastructure agenda.
There's more info on the FAIRbruary website including some useful resources to help raise these proposals withh MPs and/or make a submission to the Inquiry mentioned above.

Housing economics for non economists

Lecture series - places still available

There are still places available in the popular annual series of lectures on housing economics for non- economists, run by Shelter NSW. The lectures will be given by four leading academics, and are essential for policy makers and advocates in the non-profit housing sector – and anyone wanting to understand how housing markets work. They begin on the 3rd March. Read more or register now.
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