Being more inclusive and responsive

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 30 June 2019 to 31 August 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of this engagement.

How can the housing system be more inclusive and responsive to people that struggle to access its current options? Including Aboriginal people, people experiencing Domestic Violence, young people, key workers, Older people, people leaving custody and care, people with disabilities, and homelessness.

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David Paull

28 Aug 2019

Finding housing for those people who are already living on the street is a huge and almost overwhelming issue. Perhaps the first thing that should be done is to ask those people what they want and what they see as the solutions. I don't believe there is enough public housing because there are some people who will never be able to afford to buy their own homes. Many of the people living rough have serious mental health issues, or drug problems and some prefer to be homeless than to be tied down to one address.
As I have said I believe that their should be more public housing, perhaps in the form of small groups of units (6 to 12), built so that they face inwards. This way it would help to create a sense of community, thus encouraging residents to look after each other. Rent should be geared to income so that if people's income increases, then they will then pay a fair rent.

David Thackrah

28 Aug 2019

Social Hiusing Supply is the key, even encompassing over 60 year old people whose income has collapsed. Private rental has become overpriced. Housing Trust and NFP ex HT housing could be co-ordinated via Local Government. There is a lot of assets lying unoccupied due to fussy and difficulty prone property management. After occupation the properties still require social management as we see so many properties damaged with incoherent occupants. It seems we need Council based staff groups to co-ordinate the management and repair systems. Thus reducing wait times for homeless people especially affecting children

Alice Clark

26 Jul 2019

The housing system must cater to the needs of people who are vulnerable, living on low incomes and residing in regional and rural areas. There is not enough emergency accommodation in regional and rural areas, especially for young people and the victims of domestic violence so we should invest more in working with men and keeping families together where it is safe to do so.

Aboriginal peoples consistently experience racial discrimination in the private rental market. There needs to be an increase in private rental liaison officers, to assist vulnerable people and Aboriginal peoples gain access to the private rental market and help to counter discrimination. We should employ Aboriginal people to provide culturally appropriate tenant advice and advocacy. State Government must strengthen renter protections and continue to provide bond guarantees to ensure that the private rental market is accessible for people living on low incomes.

Social housing stock must be increased to meet demand; culturally appropriate housing design that can accommodate extended families must be developed to suit cultural groups.

People experiencing homelessness deserve shelter as housing is a basic human right. The homelessness system should have the capacity to assist all people into emergency accommodation and ensure that housing pathways are clear and easily accessible as a long-term solution to homelessness.

Rob Gordon

16 Jul 2019

A tax grab via additional land tax will only force mum and dad investors to raise rents to cover. The government is forgetting landlords do most of the heavy lifting for the community by way of housing.
Don’t forget all the local trades employed to maintain these investment properties.
The rise in land tax will force most owners to rethink how much to spend on maintaining their properties, meaning we will see a lower quality standard of housing emerge, along with rising rents and less investment in local jobs.

There will be many investors leaving SA to deploy funds in other states where there are better returns.

Pretty shortsighted.

Perhaps focus on generating savings by making the public service more accountable and efficient. Even better, focus on infrastructure development efficiencies. It takes so long to complete road works because of the bloated number of workers paid to stand around doing nothing.

Hammering rental property investors who serve the housing needs of the community is totally the wrong thing to do.

Government Agency

Housing Strategy > Rob Gordon

25 Jul 2019

Thank you for your comments Rob.

Selina Simmons

13 Jul 2019

We need to look at our actual needs! Unfortunately our lower price housing through Government has blown out to a timeframe where many won't be housed in their lifetime!
Then others are given precedent and go in ruin their housing and are then given another. These people should be removed from the right to housing! Maybe then the lists may decrease.
Also, those people who have a home and may want to share their space with another should be able to access a list that reflects good references so they can invite people in feeling safe.

Gail Stead > Selina Simmons

24 Jul 2019

The other option I have seen that works overseas is exactly that, where by people with disabilities are housed say in a cul-de sac or street and the other smaller blocks are given to older Australians in courtyard houses they have harmony and all look after each other as a community

Government Agency

Housing Strategy > Selina Simmons

25 Jul 2019

Hi Selina,
Thanks for your input.

John Piovesan

10 Jul 2019

When we talk about housing it is very easy to forget how interconnected everything else is. There are many factors and barriers depending on where people are coming from, ie:

If someone is coming out of the prison system there currently are substantial barriers for former inmates to integrate into the community. We need to have a range of pathways for them and have new opportunities for work that currently do not exist because of their police record which hangs around their neck discouraging advancement. Somehow there needs to be a redemption path. Opportunities to obtain work that might otherwise be blocked to them. As it stands we talk about reforming prisoners, but it falls way short of what it needs to be.

ZONING: Planning guidelines generally are OK but they are a little too inclined to prevent community housing / public housing because development guidelines assume larger dwellings that are often needed in some cases. A dwelling is still a dwelling if it has three or one bedrooms, particularly for apartments. There need to be allowances to not penalize developments that are trying to house younger people or those without families and children. Flexibility in Development Guidelines, particularly for Community Housing Providers, would help unclog the current lack of permanent housing options available for those trying to transition out of Homelessness.

MENTAL HEALTH: Stigmatization of Mental Health issues for those affected most by them forms a huge barrier to progression into mainstream society and activities. Targeted publicizing and encouraging access to certain Counselling Services in the most user-friendly/ destigmatizing ways would help people access services that they need. They would be staffed by Mental Health Practitioners of course but from the way it looks, feels and sounds, it doesn't at all seem like mental health at all. Rather a pretty cool and friendly place to be.
This would allow many to progress that would otherwise fall back into Homelessness.

For younger females from have come from a history of child removal, practitioners need to be acutely aware of the overwhelming concern of having their own young children removed. This generational trauma acts as a barrier to genuine mental health support because mums with that kind of history are very concerned that what they say may be used against them to remove their own children. This needs to be avoided so that they can access the help they desperately need.

Government Agency

Housing Strategy > John Piovesan

25 Jul 2019

Hi John,
We appreciate your thoughtful feedback on this important topic.

Anthony Adams

08 Jul 2019

Society must avail more low cost housing. There are still many vacant Trust properties. Individual case management is a must. A home is the base for all good activities. More understanding is needed to address homelessness. Habilitation is the key word. Transition into responsibility is the key to stability. Action needs to be taken, in a kind and an efficient manner. Eradicate homelessness.

Michelle Rose

08 Jul 2019

Other states such as ACT have a bond loan system. Tenants accessing private rental assistance and bond help are greatly restricted by Housing SA eligibility criteria. People on welfare and low incomes should not be forced into taking high interest loans for bonds. There is way too much bureaucracy and barriers preventing vulnerable and desperate people from getting help.

Joel Dignam > Michelle Rose

08 Jul 2019

This is a great idea. The ACT bond loans system works well and was recently expanded and streamlined. The bond can be a real barrier for people in private renting and high-interest loans for bonds are a terrible outcome.

Government Agency

Housing Strategy > Michelle Rose

25 Jul 2019

Thanks for your feedback Michelle.

Alayna de Graaf

07 Jul 2019

Raise newstart and youth allowance up to a liveable standard so that people have enough money to afford to pay rent.

Liz Hearingwell

06 Jul 2019

Set up a supported Tiny House legislative system so that there are some government grants or provided land and tiny house options, but also legislate to allow those with initiative but experience housing vulnerability to access loans and or subsidized loans , to build or buy tiny houses, possibly through a mentor system and educate councils to make the approval processes simple for people to permanently live in tiny houses either on their own land or on state or council community allotments with all basic infrastructure in place for small tiny house living developments, ie small tiny hose villages.

Gail Stead > Liz Hearingwell

24 Jul 2019

way back when i was given the privilege of a Housing home I paid a small bond, but I had a tenancy officer who did regular visits and made it quite clear this was a privilege not a right,I was happy to put a roof over my children's head so I made an effort to go to work not always possible but made dam sure that house was maintained as if I was actually owning t, I became part of the community and enjoyed the company of accepting neighbours respect- re respect because they could see I was doing all the right things , I never had charity give me everything, that I couldn't work for,until times got tough and then it was only to help with electricity and food,if you own something you are less inclined to destroy it

Sarah Wormald

04 Jul 2019

Think about adopting a model which connects those vulnerable and most at risk 16yrs to 24yrs to break the cycle. Offering small, cheap government subsidised room/accommodation (bed, desk, sink, fridge, bathroom) on tertiery education and tafe training sites those taken on sign an agreement those selected sign an agreement to undertake study, engage with a triage of health professionals to support and prepare for working, life and living skills etc
Set them up part time work, accommodation and education keep it small, similar model to the pilot project underway in Vic. That is having huge success with breaking the cycle over the last 9 years.

Gail Stead > Sarah Wormald

24 Jul 2019

look at all those so many apartments that are going up in the city, less commute cost of transport,make some of them more available to these young people instead of overseas students who have it paid for them

Government Agency

Housing Strategy > Sarah Wormald

25 Jul 2019

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your feedback.

Vicki Coleman

03 Jul 2019

Use Community/local people to visit people at home or out and about in the community.