Housing

WA young children most vulnerable in cuts to homeless services – Greens

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says a new report shows that thousands of young WA children will be amongst the worst affected if sorely needed Federal funds for homelessness services are cut. 

“Christmas is a time when we think about making children happy. But this Christmas there are thousands of young children in WA for whom the future looks grim,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The report by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the delivery of specialist homelessness services shows that in 2013-2014, more than 5,000 WA children aged up to 14 years old accessed specialist homelessness services in WA. The majority of these children – just under 4,000 of them – were less than 10 years old. Read more »

Public housing - Evictions: Questions

795. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the minister representing the Minister for Housing: Read more »

Public housing - Tenant behaviour: Questions 5


766. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food representing the Minister for Housing:
In the implementation of the disruptive behaviour management strategy since the beginning of the 2013 financial year until 30 January 2014, for each public housing zone administered by the Department of Housing:
(a) how many first strikes were issued; Read more »

Public housing - Tenant behaviour: Questions 4


765. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food representing the Minister for Housing:
In the implementation of the disruptive behaviour management strategy in the financial year 2012–13, for each public housing zone administered by the Department of Housing:
(a) how many first strikes were issued;
(b) how many second strikes were issued; Read more »

Public housing - Tenant behaviour: Questions 3


764. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food representing the Minister for Housing:
In the implementation of the disruptive behaviour management strategy in the financial year 2011–12, for each public housing zone administered by the Department of Housing:
(a) how many first strikes were issued;
(b) how many second strikes were issued; Read more »

Public Housing - Tenant behaviour: Questions 2

763. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food representing the Minister for Housing:
In the implementation of the disruptive behaviour management strategy in the financial year 2010–11, for each public housing zone administered by the Department of Housing:
(a) how many first strikes were issued;
(b) how many second strikes were issued; Read more »

Public Housing - Zones: Questions

PUBLIC HOUSING — ZONES
762. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food representing the Minister for Housing:
(1) What are the public housing zones administered by the Department of Housing?
(2) For each zone:
(a) how many applications for housing currently exist, and how many tenants would this represent; Read more »

Publice housing - Tenant behaviour: Questions


PUBLIC HOUSING — TENANT BEHAVIOUR
1034. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:
(1) What does the Department of Housing do to prevent frivolous complaints from being recorded as a strike in the implementation of the disruptive behaviour management strategy?
(2) How many third strikes were issued in 2012–13? Read more »

Greens call for state to address homelessness amidst shrinking house affordability

Media statement, Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ahead of today’s Committee on Economic Development Australia (CEDA) event ‘the need for affordable housing and visible homelessness is more evident on our city streets’, explained  Greens Federal spokesperson for Infrastructure, Senator Scott Ludlam. The need comes amid controversy the State has lost its AAA credit rating and plunged WA into drowning debt.

“Homelessness is becoming more visible on our streets, which doesn’t show the rising number of homeless people couch surfing - an under-reported form of homelessness”. Read more »

Government strikes out on social housing policy

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has congratulated The West Australian newspaper for today highlighting ways that the Barnett Government’s three strikes policy for social housing tenants has deepened social disadvantage, particularly  for thousands of children who have become the unintended victims of the policy.

“The Greens stood alone in the Parliament in 2011 in opposing the ‘objectionable behaviour’ clause to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill which enabled lessors to evict tenants for disruptive behaviour,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The clause was introduced without consultation with the community service sector and in face of its emphatic collective opposition, including the Western Australian Council of Social Service, the Tenants Advice Service, the Community Housing Coalition of WA and Shelter WA. Read more »