Better outcomes

How can we use our current homes and housing system to deliver better outcomes?

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Lisa King

11 Jul 2019

Have a rental scheme that lowers costs like Nras, but pays the entire rent, then collects the rent from the tenant. Owners may be more likely to rent because it's GUARANTEED money every week, the government agencies don't skip out. With added bonuses of the housing standard being met, and monitored, but also monitored bond refunds, it also allows those not being given a chance a way to earn back a good rental history, and for that matter a better sense of self.

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John Piovesan

10 Jul 2019

Having been in the Homelessness sector I have observed how a number of my clients were from interstate. They may have perceived that our services are better here, particularly if they have come from regional or remote areas ie Northern WA, NT, Northern Vic. This puts additional pressure on services in Adelaide. I suspect that we do not have as many going the other way. I know initiatives like Project Zero had been reducing rough sleeping but then it has spiked again. Interstate transfer may have been a factor and the question needs to be asked. The only exception ought to be with DV. If we don't do this we will be punished by having more people crossing the border to access services. If it is proven that there is an imbalance, those states that are picking up those extra people need to be rewarded financially. The answer would be better regional services in those states.

John Piovesan > John Piovesan

10 Jul 2019

Not just in Housing but Mental Health as well.

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Joel Dignam

08 Jul 2019

Making rental laws fairer for people who rent would go a long way towards improving housing for private tenants. It could give people greater security of tenure and make it easier for them to have well-maintained, safe, properties.

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Alayna de Graaf

07 Jul 2019

Bring back the SA Housing Trust how it used to be. This is something our taxes should be paying for - and all Australians should be able to register for a SA Housing Trust House and not have to wait for a decade to get one.
Leaving that important job to private suppliers is not showing responsibility - I have seen boarding houses that are poorly maintained, well below any public healthy standards, filthy kitchens, not disability friendly and charging $165 per room, for tiny rooms. Housing security shouldn't be about people making money off of those who need a home to live in. There is too much exploitation going on.

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Liz Hearingwell

06 Jul 2019

As someone who has experienced various periods of homeless and at risk of, and been on a housing association wait list as a Catergory 1 for 7 years with not one offer of a house.. It suggests the current data base system is not effective.. I suggest that every Catergory 1 applicant needs to be paired with a caseworker, who is in contact with that participant regularly and who is actively advocating on their behalf... Currently the system is too passive and applicants are lost in the system for years, because Noone is keeping an eye out for them or advocating on their behalf.

John Piovesan > Liz Hearingwell

10 Jul 2019

Hi Liz, there also is not the supply to meet Catagory 1 demand. The most urgent cases, ie single parents with young kids get priority in order to provide safety and ensure these kids get a chance and don't grow up traumatized. There needs to be a massive policy overhaul to turn this around. I agree there needs to be more state responsibility. Allowing more to be done with existing community housing/SA Hosing land will help to some extent.

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