There are 113 vacant public homes and Alice Springs while 612 applicants are waiting up to 93 months – that's seven years and eight months – to move in. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Boarded-up public housing in Alice Springs.
There are 114 unoccupied dwellings public housing dwellings in Alice Springs and about 614 applicants on the wait list, according to a spokeswoman for Housing Minister Bess Price. Vandalism continues to be a problem. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Public Housing Safety Officers had improved the lives of many Territory Housing tenants and their neighbours. In one year the officers have come across 8525 incidents while on patrol and responded to 5697 complaints – that’s an average of 1.6 responses required every hour writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Housing.
A family is facing eviction from the home it occupied since 1994 because the partner, father and grandfather, who has held the lease, has died. A cruel act – or a necessity in a desperate public housing market? And what lies behind the circumstances in which a battler family is finding itself? ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Bronwyn Ferguson pictured (from left) with her daughter Tiarah Ferguson, son Dennis Novak and two-year-old granddaughter Naryiah.
Homes are more likely to be sold than units as the moratorium on the sale of public housing in the Territory is being lifted.
A spokeswoman for Housing Minister Chris Burns says the number of dwellings to be sold is not yet known and decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
Meanwhile the waiting times for public housing in Alice Springs are five years and two months for non-pensioner one-bedroom units; three years and 10 months for pensioners; three years and nine months for two-bedroom homes and four years and 10 months for three-bedroom dwellings.
Dr Burns says the sales will follow "significant work undertaken to build more dwellings" but will not "see a return to the CLP policy of selling off thousands of dwellings, pocketing the returns with no significant upgrading or replacing of housing stock.
“Prior to 2001, the CLP were selling public housing dwellings at a record rate – some 781 dwellings in the 98-99 year alone, at a time when the wait list stood at over 3350 people."
He says properties will be assessed depending on location relative to services, shops, facilities and transport; age and condition of dwellings; level of concentration of public housing; demand for that particular type of dwelling; suitability for priority / complex needs housing; future redevelopment potential, and / or opportunity to contribute to home ownership and affordable rental targets (i.e. unit complex redevelopments).
Is there an income test for people to qualify for government subsidised housing on town camps? Yes. Does it apply to the Shaw family, which has dominated Tangentyere Council for decades, and has turned much of Mt Nancy (pictured) into their private domain? No. By ERWIN CHLANDA.
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Long wait: Only 52% of emergency presentations to Territory hospitals were seen on time, according to Shadow Health Minister Matt Conlan.
Shower with a friend? Or talk to the Alice Water Smart Home Water Efficiency Consultations. Big Brother? Public Housing Safety Officers are not an appropriate or useful response to managing anti-social behavior exhibited on public housing premises, says the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.