8. HOUSING CRISIS & HOMELESSNESS : AN OVERVIEW
From the foregoing information to date on all the research, news releases, statistics, reports and political grandstanding about affordable housing, we now summarise a few of the findings to help us understand the real issues;
Housing affordability is now beyond the capacity of two income households.
- It takes 2.06 incomes in Sydney and 1.38 incomes in NSW to buy a median priced house.
- Government ‘affordable’ housing has many qualifications and there are long waiting lists for fewer houses.
- Subsidised social housing is still not affordable.
- Our current political, social and economic systems are the cause of homelessness.
- Political manipulation, social pressures and economic greed will never make housing affordable.
- The government response to penalise homelessness is a violation of human rights.
- Increasing poverty cannot be solved by those who created it.
- Government priorities are directed to the housing market and not to the social needs of people.
- Homelessness is an embarrassment to the government.
- Byron Bay is the second most popular tourist destination in NSW outside of Sydney.
- Byron Bay has the greatest number of homeless people in NSW outside of Sydney.
- Our economic system has made housing unaffordable.
- Our economic system is based on the consciousness of competition, greed and fear.
- Homelessness and poverty can only be fixed by the consciousness of respect, compassion and love.
- Practical support for homelessness and poverty is mostly provided by non-profit, charitable and voluntary organisations and caring people – not by governments.
- It is people who suffer from the system, with violence, mental illness, legal drugs and alcoholism on the increase.
- Love and fear cannot co-exist.
- Planning controls do not support or encourage community initiatives.
- People support people – governments support corporations.
- The answer is love and compassion, not fear and control – we have a choice.
- The past is gone – the future is what we choose.