Posts tagged public housing
the Victorian state government has banned political meetings or doorknocking on all public housing estates in an apparent form of revenge for public housing tenants successfully organising against a sell-off of their open space to developers
I’ve been struggling for a while now to comment on this but something about it is so perfectly evil that it fries my higher cognitive capacities.
there’s an action group “HOME — Hands Off Melbourne’s Estates” who are a bit less immobilised by shock, if you’re interested.
Victorian state government’s plan to turn the housing of the neediest into a profit-making venture
MEDIA RELEASE - 18/01/2013
Since its inception, RISE has been dedicated to supporting refugees and asylum seekers settle in Australia. This has included our commitment to working with various housing services and advocacy groups to address the lack of sustainable and affordable housing for asylum seekers and refugees in this country.
We were appalled to hear the suggested plans for the redevelopment of public housing in the Fitzroy and North Richmond areas. The residents of most housing estates in this area consist of people from refugee/asylum seeker backgrounds as well as low income earners, both old and young. The plans put forward involve the privatisation of 50% of public housing in these areas. This announcement is great cause for alarm as the demand for affordable housing increases, while available properties decline. Potential outcomes of such a move will be increased homelessness in our community as well as the breakdown of community cohesion as individuals and families in need are left to compete with one another for very little remaining assistance.
A similar scheme has gone ahead in the Kensington area where it failed to live up to the reality it suggested to public housing tenants. Although some residents were offered places in the new development, 50% of tenants were forced to move into already overwhelmed housing estates, due to the reduced number of homes offered to the public sector.
We must not forget implementing such scheme not only affects community members and their wellbeing but also it will also overload crisis accommodation services where there are overwhelming numbers of people currently on waiting lists. Rather than the suggested scheme which has been tried and has failed elsewhere, RISE believes a complete review of the public housing sector is needed. Those in need should be prioritised with homes designed and built for families and pensioners, rather than those seen in Kensington favouring individual studios and one/two bedroom apartments that have limited capacity.
The current plan by the Victorian state government has targeted some of the poorest members of our community in order to benefit middle class Australians. The current residents of public housing properties in Fitzroy and North Richmond are members of an established community. They have roots, friends, family members, jobs, schools etc. in these neighbourhoods. On top of shaky housing options, our community in these regions is also dealing with under-servicing by government agencies as well as the scant opportunities available to them in a society that can be incredibly hostile to the newly arrived and poor. Rather than displacing our community in the pursuit of profit, RISE calls on the Victorian state government to scrap its current privatisation plan and instead, increase resources for public housing.
Mohamed Nur (RISE Support Service worker)
0418 810 036 or email@example.com
Take action and push the State government to scrap its privatisation of public housing. Contact your local MP via phone/fax/email and voice your concerns!
Minister for Housing
Phone 03 9096 0301
Shadow Minister for Housing
Phone 03 9415 8901
Shadow Minister for the Suburbs
Phone 9465 9033
Ms Jenny Mikakos
Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing
Phone 03 9462 3966
Federal Member for Melbourne
Phone 03 9642 0922
Colleen Hartland MLC
Phone 03 9689 6373
george housakos of urban communities limited, the managing corporation of kensington public housing estate, to the cooing members of a Victorian State government inquiry into future directions for public housing, february 2010. earlier, he was asked to describe what the estate looked like to an inquiry member who admitted he hadn’t been there since the 80s.
anyway, ~people living together in a community~
Marc Lumont Hill at the talk ‘End Mass Incarceration’ - Riverside Church, Harlem New York (via icecreamritual)
for real. this is true in Australia, too, and probably most other countries that have experienced neoliberalisation over the past few decades. public housing has been seriously disinvested in, and at the same time, prisons have expanded dramatically.
this has all been happening while prisons have been putting on a kinder, gentler facade; while they have been presented as not for punishment, but for rehabilitation. as a result, many judges now put people in prison or in remand largely because their living situation is considered dangerous, or unstable enough that it makes it hard to track you down. if you are homeless and you are brought up on any form of criminal charges — even very minimal ones that would not normally carry a prison sentence — you are likely to be imprisoned until the end of your trial, which, if you’ve ever been involved in a court case, you know how long that shit gets dragged out. for more info on this, see ‘Homelessness and Criminalisation: The Dangerous Intersections of Gender, Race and Class,’ in Parity: Policing Homelessness: Flat Out/CHRIP (2012) (link opens a pdf). plus, a lot of people with mental illnesses in the Northern Territory facing no charges are imprisoned because there is no long-term housing for them. (more.)
basically this is not just a figure of speech, it’s literally the case.