Sign the petition for social housing!
More than 7,000 people have already signed our paper petition. So we can collect support while practicing physical distancing we’ve started this new online version. Please sign and share!
Across NSW, thousands of people, including children, are without a place to call home. Many are living on the streets, sleeping in parks, and living out of their cars. Others rely on emergency accommodation, boarding houses, and the generosity of family and friends. Some are forced to live in severely overcrowded conditions. In the most tragic of circumstances, women and children are staying with violent partners because there is nowhere else to go.
At the same time, many people are living with severe and chronic housing stress. This can mean there isn’t enough money to pay for household essentials including food and electricity. It can lead to relationship breakdown, substance abuse, and mental ill-health. Without a secure home it can also be hard to get a job, keep up with school, and access health and community services.
Social housing should be a safety net that supports people experiencing homelessness and housing stress but there isn’t nearly enough. More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing right now. Some people have been waiting more than 10 years.
To reduce homelessness and housing stress across NSW the St Vincent de Paul Society calls on the NSW Government to build 5,000 new social housing homes every year for the next 10 years.
Please join us by signing the petition!