On Tuesday 5 March, Homelessness NSW and the New South Wales Council of Social Service will provide an opportunity for Northern Rivers residents to put their questions about housing to candidates standing for the NSW Elections on 23 March.

The Northern Rivers event, one of just three such events in the state is supported by the Northern Rivers Housing Forum, which is convened by Social Futures.

Housing affordability and homelessness are both at crisis points in Northern NSW, with high rates of rough sleepers (ABS Census 2016) and some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, according to a recent report for North Coast Community Housing.

Residents are very concerned

“Northern rivers residents are rightly concerned about housing and homelessness in our region” says Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures “and many will be considering what the candidates have to say on the issue to inform their vote.”

Last October, the Northern Rivers Housing Forum event in Lennox Head developed an URGENT action plan to address the housing crisis in the region. Since then, it has been encouraging voters to contact their local candidates and asking what they intend to do about it if elected to represent them on 23 March.

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