New research by Anglicare Sydney shows less than one per cent of Sydney rental homes are considered to be both appropriate and affordable for households on government income support payments.
Anglicare Sydney's Rental Affordability Snapshot analysed 14,036 properties available in Greater Sydney on the weekend of 11–12 April 2015. Of these only 58 were affordable and appropriate for households on income support payments.
No properties were considered to be affordable and appropriate for single people on Newstart, Disability Support or Youth Allowance, nor for a single parent on Newstart with a child who was older than eight years.
“Sydney has a desperate lack of social housing supply with more than 59,000 NSW households currently on the waiting list. Many families and individuals who are experiencing housing insecurity are ultimately at risk of homelessness," says Anglicare Sydney Director of Advocacy and Research, Sue King.
Anglicare Sydney's Rental Affordability Snapshot is part of a national project carried out by Anglicare Australia to assess national rental affordability for low income households.