A step up is affordable and community housing for low to moderate income earners, and the proportion of rent contribution ranges from 25-30% of their income depending on what band they fall into.
I think the new rules around public housing leases, being time limited and reviewed, are fabulous and much needed, but I don't necessarily agree that people who *could* theoretically afford private rent are being selfish by staying on for 5 minutes after their income rises.
I have been looking for a new place to live for nearly a year...I rent privately, but the house is a dump and I think we deserve better. I can afford it, but can I get approved? No. Because according to real estate agents, spending more than 1/3rd of my income on rent means I can't afford it. There is nothing that will fit me and my kids for less than that where we need to live.
I have applied for community housing just to get us into a decent place. I won't stay there forever (if I even get placed) but I will have no guilt over spending a few years trying to get ahead, and save as much as I can. For a community services worker with a family to support, spending $450 a week on rent makes EVER getting out of the rental market impossible. Largely because rentals are choked up with high income earners who could afford to buy but choose not to, meaning securing private housing for AVERAGE working people is becoming much more difficult than it should be.
Sorry to say it but the state of the rental market is only increasing the demand for more public housing. Try coming out of a DOH flat, working in a fast food store, and getting approved for a private rental against double income couples at an open house with 50 people there. This is what renters in urban areas are facing. I doubt very much that it is a choice to bludge off the government so much as a choice to keep your family securely housed. The issue is bigger than the individual.