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Wollongong area severely unaffordable, say Greens

The Greens say the latest Rental Affordability Index shows the Wollongong region is severely unaffordable for single people on benefits and single pensioners. For example, they say a single pensioner would typically pay 60 per cent of their income on rent, leading to significant housing stress.

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THE Greens say the latest Rental Affordability Index shows the Wollongong region is severely unaffordable for single people on benefits and single pensioners.

For example, they say a single pensioner would typically pay 60 per cent of their income on rent, leading to significant housing stress.

National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning have released the RAI on a biannual basis since 2015.

“We need a bigger and more diverse public and community housing sector in Wollongong,” Wollongong Greens councillor Mithra Cox said.

“We also need to look at Wollongong council implementing a vacancy levy on empty homes to ensure properties are being made available to rent”

 

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