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'Western Sydney City Deal a failure if it omits Affordable Rental Housing' responds Sydney Alliance
"The Western Sydney City Deal announced today is not what it could and should be. Effective plans for affordable rental housing for the Western Sydney City Deal appears to be a major short-sighted omission" said Magnus Linder, Chair of the Sydney Alliance Housing Team.
The Sydney Alliance is the city's largest coalition of faith, union and community groups representing hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders.
Affordable housing has fallen off the policy radar despite repeated assurances by NSW and Commonwealth Ministers that affordable rental housing would form an integral part of the Western Sydney City Deal agreement.
"8,000 affordable rental homes (ARH) are currently needed every year. We hope that the omission of specific inclusion of ARH in today's announcement will not be the final position of participating government. If it is, this deal offers very little for the hundreds of thousands of low income households in Sydney" he said.