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Nov 23, 2011
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Sydney housing stress soars. Top 5 housing stressed suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Sydney, and the top five housing stressed council areas.

New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Sydney Local Government areas where renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs – and the figures are dire.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that people in Auburn suffered most with 28% experiencing housing stress, while Fairfield had the highest proportion of people experiencing both mortgage stress (34%) and private rental stress (51%).

“Areas such as Canterbury, Strathfield, Liverpool and Bankstown all have rates of housing stress over 20%,” said Ms Toohey.

“The high cost of housing in Sydney is not new, but these figures show where the pain is being felt and that urgent action by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments is needed. Sydney needs a housing strategy that includes more than releasing land on the city fringe. Premier O’Farrell needs to invest in more affordable housing options close to jobs and services to reduce the squeeze on weekly budgets.

“Housing is the single biggest cost of living issue in Australia. When low income households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs they are officially in housing stress. This means they have very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”

“Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Sydney residents in housing stress to join the campaign to convince governments to address the housing crisis. More information can be found on our website www.housingstressed.org.au

“We need collective action at all levels of government to ensure that we fix our broken housing system, and take the pressure off families struggling with high housing costs and lack of affordable options,” said Ms Toohey.

Housing  stress  ­‐  Australians  for  Affordable  Housing  local  council  league  table*

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name % Stress % Stress % Stress
Auburn (C) 28 7313 33             2426 44 4347
Fairfield (C) 25 14993 34             6383 51 6870
Canterbury (C) 24 12343 28 3762 46 7170
Strathfield (A) 21 2731 22 722 37 1742
Liverpool (C) 21 12579 23 5621 40 5262
Bankstown (C) 21 12936 27 5245 44 5368
Holroyd (C) 20 7231 21 2173 35 4011
Burwood (A) 19 2403 22 588 35 1577
Botany Bay (C) 19 2860 18 693 34 1478
Campbelltown (C) 19 9862 20 4081 36 3794
Parramatta (C) 19 11636 20 3475 31 6162
Blacktown (C) 18 18698 18 7547 36 7922
Rockdale (C) 18 6895 21 2146 33 4038
Ashfield (A) 18 3142 13 542 32 2375
Sydney (C) 17 16317 8 1618 23 11012
Penrith (C) 17 10802 17 4389 35 5173
Hurstville (C) 17 4861 19 1671 35 2559
Marrickville (A) 16 5352 9 878 29 3929
Kogarah (C) 15 3223 18 1128 34 1837
Randwick (C) 15 8227 12 1446 25 5105
Ryde (C) 14 5859 13 1532 29 3525
Camden (A) 14 2925 14 1428 32 1237
Waverley (A) 13 3900 9 679 21 2834
Warringah (A) 11 6275 11 2107 26 3500
Hornsby (A) 11 6392 12 2314 30 3502
SutherlandShire(A) 10 8534 11             3262 26 4023
Willoughby (C) 10 2859 9               700 21 1870
Pittwater (A) 10 2126 11 844 31 1154
Manly (A) 10 1685 8 356 20 1129
The Hills Shire (A) 10 5601 11 2862 26 2353
Canada Bay (A) 10 2870 10 870 17 1501
Leichhardt (A) 10 2395 5 379 18 1527
Lane Cove (A) 9 1155 7 296 20 711
Woollahra (A) 9 2160 7 372 19 1668
Hunters Hill (A) 9 462 8 137 19 158
Mosman (A) 8 1026 7 213 17 741
North Sydney (A) 8 2701 5 318 13 2045
Ku-ring-gai (A) 6 2355 8 1039 24 1169

*This  league  table  provides  for  comparison  of  small  local  areas  and  is  based  on  modelled  census   numbers.  These    are  not  directly  comparable  with  recently  published  housing  stress  modelling  on   ABS  Survey  of  Income   and  Housing  data.

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia.

Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

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