- Rich Housos: Public Housing Disparity
- A Current Affair
- Contributed by: Pina ( 6 articles in 2018 )
A family of 6 with 3 children requiring special needs, have been told they will have to wait 25 to 30 years for accommodation. There are 43,000 on the waiting list in Victoria.
The department says kicking out tenants because they have a high income only encourages people to hide their earnings, despite the long waiting lists.
From ACA website
BMWs and Mercedes in the driveway, spas out the back - these aren't your usual public housing residents.
But their helping hand from the government is all above board and it lasts a lifetime.
Statement from a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson
Public housing is about supporting Victorians who need it.
People can apply for public housing provided they meet the strict eligibility criteria – this includes living in Victoria, meeting income and asset limits, having Australian citizenship or permanent residency, and not owning or part owning a house, flat or unit.
If they are approved, they are placed on the housing waiting list.
Every person living in public housing must pay rent. Rent payable is calculated using the total household income. The vast majority of tenants are in receipt of a Centrelink payment.