8. HOUSING CRISIS & HOMELESSNESS : AN OVERVIEW

8. HOUSING CRISIS & HOMELESSNESS : AN OVERVIEW

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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.
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