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ACOSS link unaffordable housing to homelessness - finally

ACOSS has come to the amazing and unprecedented conclusion that for "an increasing number of Australians, housing affordability is a serious problem that affects their ability to work". A quarter of people battling with housing stress regularly skip meals in order to pay their rent.

"There's a lot of overcrowding, people are bunking up, living in inappropriate forms of housing which are not good for anybody," chief executive of the Australian Council of Social Service Dr Goldie said. (Article republished from comment to front page article.)

Surely this explosion of logic, the profound cognitive process that drew to this conclusion is well overdue? The conclusion is surely obvious, that homelessness is more than a product of "domestic violence" as it's usually portrayed.

Our cities are becoming hostile to our living standards, and the vulnerable are the first to fall between the cracks.

Our real estate and housing-construction based economy means more congestion, and negative social impacts. On any given night, more than 7000 people sleep in crisis accommodation, while more than 105,000 identify as homeless. This is in a country that touts our living standards and wealth all over the world, to lure more people to migrate here!

Dr Goldie, instead of addressing the major cause of poverty, unemployment and unaffordable housing - population growth - she's endorsing funding for the homeless, and urged a bipartisan commitment to increase housing supply to help vulnerable people afford a place to live. To "increase housing supply", or putting more heat on the housing market frenzy, won't produce "affordable housing". With budget constraints, and heavy cut-backs to public services, there's nothing set aside for more social housing either.

ACOSS have no population policy, but their methods are more funding, more more more - of fixing symptoms and not addressing the cause - greed and growth!

Housing affordability driving homelessness SMH


Trying to measure and fix the social problems of our "economic growth" model is like trying to hit a moving target. ACOSS might try an suggest policies to say, reduce poverty or homelessness by 20%, but that 20% proportion could be actually increasing, in aboslute terms, because of population growth.

Like trying to fill a leaking bucket, or sieve, it needs more contents to flow in that what's flowing out! So, economic growth is like one big Ponzi scheme, with new people continually needed to keep the system of "growth" running, to compensate for those that are lost down the other end - in unemployment, homelessness, crime, imprisonment, welfare and illness.

Everything that grows perpetually is hard to fix. What other profession, except economics and town planning, must deal with a subject that must keep growing? People are lost in the processes, falling between the crack of such an impossible economic model to maintain.

There must only be scant recognition of the problem, or blaming of the victim, or the proponents would have to recognise that we are not creating stable, sustainable and liveable communities.

Do they think renewable energy will deal with homelessness?

In Paris the cost of rent is going down, due to a new law where the state sets criteria and model rents according to standard attributes of dwellings. The landlord may not demand rent more than 20% above the model set for the level of accommodation provided. The reference points include things like age of building, recency of renovations, insulation, view, balcony etc. Source: Le JT de 20 Heures du mardi 1 septembre 2015 (French New France2, 8pm Tuesday 1 September 2015.)

See French report below English description.

Note that France does not have a growth lobby, unlike Australia. France correctly counts population growth as a cost to the state and all dwellings in France are state subsidised, either as public rentals or as low interest loans for private purchase.

Under Napoleonic Code (Roman law) all French and immigrants have a right to housing and to an income from work or from the state. This is true of most or all other ocuntries that also have a Napoleonic type code, and such countries have included the Germanic states since the 19th century.

English speaking states, like Britain, United States, Australia, Canada, do not have a code of law that embodies civil rights. The Bill of ;Rights in the United States, similarly to the Charters of Rights in certain Australian states, is very inferior in terms of detail and concrete civil rights. Human Rights law is extremely abstract and hard to enforce compared to civil rights codes.

"Avec l'encadrement des loyers, Paris coûte de moins en moins cher. Sylvain Nouallet est agent immobilier dans la capitale et depuis le 1er août et la mise en place de l'encadrement des loyers il voit déjà les prix baisser. "J'ai un studio qui était loué et qui fait 12m² à peine qui était loué 550 euros avant la loi Alur. On va devoir le porter à 376 euros charges comprises avec le nouveau dispositif", explique-t-il. Soit une économie de 180 euros pour le locataire.Des dérogationsUne étude d'autres agents immobiliers le confirme : avant le 1er août, les loyers étaient trop chers dans 46% des annonces. Aujourd'hui cela ne concernerait plus que 29% des offres.  Le propriétaire doit désormais respecter un loyer de référence dans la capitale en fonction de plusieurs critères : le quartier, le nombre de pièces de l'appartement et l'année de construction de l'immeuble. Le loyer ne peut pas être majoré de plus de 20% sauf en cas de caractéristiques exceptionnelles comme un balcon, une belle vue ou des travaux récents.Les dérogations sont nombreuses et beaucoup de propriétaires s'engouffrent dans la brèche. Après la signature du bail, le locataire a trois mois pour poser un recours s'il juge son loyer trop élevé.  "

Encadrement des loyers - 01.08.2015

Le décret n°2015-650 du 10 juin 2015 détermine les conditions de mise en œuvre du système d'encadrement des loyers. L'entrée en vigueur de ces dispositions suppose la publication d'un arrêté fixant les montant des loyers de références applicables localement. Dans l'attente de la sortie des arrêtés dans les villes concernées (hors Paris où l'arrêté a été pris), les informations contenues dans cette page restent d'actualité. Source:

Clear message coming through is that rising homelessness is due to declining rental affordability and supply shortage. Increased demand not mentioned.

40,000 Australia-wide under 25 who are homeless

Lesley Butt - Salvation Army- need more care givers , more accommodation

FINLAND solved homeless problem - [but their population growth is about 0.3% pa.]

Finland - guest, Juha Kaakinen says Provide homes. Need bipartisanship to provide affordable social housing. ["Either we all live in a decent world or nobody does." ]
Then they asked the homeless if they thought problem could be solved and how -

AT LAST ..POPULATION gets a mention

"Robyn" [older homeless woman] said - homelessness can't be solved because population growth in Sydney is out of control. Interviewer [I think it was Julian Morrow } did not ask her to elaborate but skipped to next person saying "so you are quite pessimistic…"

That was the last mention of the demand side of the housing problem.
Over all confusion was that the problem is not a matter of rocket science but of providing housing.

I just watched the discussion panel for the SBS series "Filthy Rich and Homeless". (15 Aug 2018)
A 71 year old homeless woman, when asked by Chris Taylor (The Chaser) about her feelings about the homelessness issue, answered that it was grim because of the population pressures in Sydney.
Chris Taylor quickly dismissed the woman as pessimistic and allowed the next person to speak at length. I just expect SBS and ABC to shun the subject, but to dismiss a homeless audience guest like that is as low as it gets.