Thank-you Martina Macey for bringing this to our attention.
Martina is a housing activist and a tenant living in Community Housing. She has contacted Vic ALP Housing Minister Foley's office several times.With good reason, and from her own experience, she believes that Community Housing Organisations are NOT the right people to be taking over the tenancies of vulnerable people on low incomes. She went to the Housing Registrar which is- to quote- 'a business unit within the Department of
Treasury and Finance' but got nowhere. Two senior Vic Labor Ministers including Minister Foley have been contacted and are aware of her concerns- but no-one has got back to her.
As she has written regarding the transfer of public housing titles
'If this is such a good thing, why is it being done so secretly?' and 'once the stock is gone, there is no safety net for those whom Community Housing don't want as tenants as they won't get a lot of rent from them'
In the article below Professor Adamson is described as a 'public housing advocate'. We fail to see the logic in this -when this lobby group is pushing for the titles of public housing to be transferred away from the government to Community Housing organisations.
Just how many public housing properties are they lobbying for nationally? We know the figure in Victoria alone is that they want to be given the titles of 12,000 public housing properties.
David Adamson claims that stock transfers have been 'very successful in Britain' - !?
Very successful for whom? For the housing barons on 6 figure salaries maybe. Not for countless ordinary people in Britain hit with bedroom taxes, displacements, evictions, rising rents and homelessness.
Why is no-one challenging them on these sweeping statements, when there is so much evidence to the contrary?
The media here appears to be biassed. Just
as we find it difficult to get positive stories up about public housing -
Martina has observed
that the media appears reluctant to publish anything critical about
Community Housing Organisations.
The future of public housing should not be confined to 'in-house' discussions on Twitter-feed - among people whose careers are tied up in this. The future of public housing should be taken to the people on the street - which is what we are doing before the federal election.
Once again thanks Martina- a strong woman with a debilitating disability, who refuses to be silenced.
( Oddly the image in the article is cropped- this is how it appears when the link is opened.)
'Federal housing minister, building program needed urgently to fix housing crisis'