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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Teachers, nurses and tradies forced to live in tents due to housing crisis


The South Coast is in a housing crisis so bad there have been reports that teachers, nurses and tradies are being forced to live in tents because there is nowhere to rent or buy.

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson has met with community members and housing groups across the South Coast and consistently heard the urgent need for more affordable housing.

"Dwelling prices across regional NSW have risen at almost double the rate of values in Greater Sydney. On the South Coast, they have risen by almost 21% over the past year alone.

"Vacancy rates on the South Coast are as low as 1% effectively meaning there are no places to rent in many towns.

"Professional people with decent full-time jobs and good rental histories can’t find a place to rent or afford a place to buy. More and more people are being pushed into homelessness, or living with inflated rents and no housing security.

The Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson said “The government released their Regional Housing Taskforce months ago and still have not implemented a single recommendation. We need action right now, every day our communities are suffering.” To review the findings, visit Regional Housing Taskforce.


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