Exactly. We weren't talking about young kids, only school age ones. And you can't tell me that $200 a year school fees and maybe $100 a year uniform means that you have to be on a high wage to be ahead financially.
I'm gave my opinion on public housing and ppl have a right to an opinion. I have lived it and seen what it does to ppl, yes in some cases it us what ppl need, yes in some cases ppl will need to spend a long time in public housing. But it's ppls fear of living out of public housing when they can afford to that I'm concerned about. When my mum left public housing I wanted her unit, I was young pregnant and broke. My mum refused she told me if you take this unit you will be stuck in this cycle like I was for years and years. And she was right now looking back I'm glad I didn't take it.
I'm a CC worker too. When mine was under school age I had her in daycare and went to work. If I was on a 6am start I'd take her with me then her daycare bus would pick her up from my work at 8am and take her to her centre. If I was on a 6pm finish her daycare bus would drop her to me at my centre at 5pm in the afternoon.
I worked up until the day before I had her then returned to work when she was only just at the right age for the toddler room. I then worked and when she went to school that company agreed to let me do a job-share position where I worked from 9 to 2 then the other one did until 6 each day and I could take her with me on school holidays when the person I was doing job-share with could have the schoolies room while I did full day in the Preschool room which was my regular room.
Then that company was taken over. I had no before and after school care and limited access to vacation care. They said we couldn't work there unless we did full time on a rotating roster. They also took her school off the bus list. I'm a single mother. My child has additional needs. It's HARDER to work when they are at school if you can't find care outside school hours! I went from being available during childcare open hours to being available from 9am to 2pm during the school term only.
ETA: I am LUCKY to have been able to purchase before it was made difficult to work by inflexible employers or I would not have been approved a loan and would have had no choice but to remain in public housing. It comes down to good timing and a little luck together with some hard work. My child attends a private school too so our fees are somewhat more than described
Last edited by share a book; 10-07-2011 at 14:03.
To be honest i have never rented from public housing myself but am currently staying with my mum who is in public housing.We are at the moment looking for a private rental as we need more space.We told the public housing people i am here and the rent has risen.
The reason why so many people stay i guess is that private rent is soooo friggen expensive,when i was on my own with ds renting,the rent was half my income.There was never any money left over just to actually have a life with.So i can fully understand why they stay ,i don't think you really sit around and think of nameless, faceless people on a wait lsit, you do whats best for your family.So yeah it's not right but i understand why it's happening.I really think the gov should do something about the rate of private rentals because it's just getting ridiculous...
I can understand in a way where maybelline is coming from. I grew up in a housing commission area, so perhaps my view is a little tainted, but *IF* I could get my children out of public housing, I would.
I know people living in public housing (huge home, quite lovely to look at from the outside, very close to a major shopping centre etc) and they do not need to be there. They haven't for years. It's these type of people I think should be forced into the private rental market since they can afford it and since another family who genuinely needs that home could have it.
I think it's unbelievably selfish to stay in public housing when you don't need to Like I said in my last post, I think the guidelines and "policing" of public housing residents needs to be a lot stricter, not to mention fairer.
i would think that as soon as you could afford to live elsewhere you would??
as arent the waiting lists huge? i would want as many people as possible to get the same opportunity that the people in the houses now have.
i dont know much about public housing though, is it really cheap? and i read some people say they cant be kicked out ever once they secure a house??
ofcourse anyone in those houses need or needed it at a time & should stay as long as they need too!
no one should be forced out, but no one should abuse the privilege either
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