Low-cost rentals rare: study

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 29 April 2013 | 19.55

A CARAVAN on a factory site and rooms in share houses are the only affordable accommodation options for Tasmanians on low incomes, a new survey shows.

The Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot surveyed 2677 rental properties advertised across the state on the weekend of April 13-14.

Of those listings, only 10 properties would be affordable for a young person living on Youth Allowance.

Less than one per cent were affordable for a single person living on the Newstart Allowance.

Student James Davey is one of the lucky few able to secure affordable housing.

From living in abandoned houses to having his own apartment and studying full-time, the 20-year-old has turned his life around in just nine months.

"Growing up, from 12 to 18, I was in shelters, on the streets, couching surfing and in abandoned houses," he said.

Now living in South Hobart and studying at Claremont College, James says having stable accommodation will help him work towards his goals of one day working in the community services sector or IT industry.

"I think you really have to work hard at it if you want to get public housing," he said.

"You can't sit around and wait. You have to be really proactive."

Anglicare Tasmania CEO Chris Jones has called on the Federal Government to review the effectiveness of Commonwealth Rent Assistance and increase the Newstart Allowance by $50 a week.

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