Home in Western Sydney

Housing Affordability and Homelessness Insights

There have been multiple studies that analyse housing affordability and homelessness from diverse perspectives across Australia and NSW. There is also emerging industry research that drills down to Western Sydney. This paper complements this work and focuses on drawing out the key themes from several critical data sets.

Stephen McIntyre
CEO, Wentworth Community Housing

We know from our work in Western Sydney that secure, appropriate and affordable housing can turn lives around. Governments and communities need to work together to reinvigorate our social housing system in NSW and significantly increase the supply of affordable housing. We have a moral responsibility to ensure that everyone has a home

Billie Sankovic
CEO, Western Sydney Community Forum

Access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing is a fundamental human need and right. Western Sydney Community Forum has joined with Wentworth Community Housing to place a spotlight on the region and draw out the key messages that evidence a shifting landscape of housing and homelessness

What we know

More than 110,000 households are in housing stress

32.8 percent of renting households are in rental stress

Rental costs increased at a higher rate than incomes, with most areas showing a higher price to income gap than Greater Sydney

Homelessness increased significantly since 2011, at a far greater rate than the state and national increases

The current social and affordable housing supply only met 40.6 percent of total demand

Almost 6,500 additional social and affordable housing dwellings are needed per year to meet the forecast demand in 2036

There are considerations for each local government area

Want to know more about the key themes in housing affordability and homelessness data?

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