I can see where their coming from, but i can't see how they can ever make it work.
Would you be prepared to share your home with strangers?
This is the fate facing thousands of public housing tenants, who received letters from the State Government on Monday warning them that public housing is in crisis.Slacks Creek couple Phyllis and Michael Martin, 78 and 69 years old, are "shocked and angry" after being told they may be forced to move from, or share their home of 35 years with strangers.``We just couldn't believe it, we both suffer from medical conditions and we raised our family here, we can't have strangers in the house and we certainly will not move, it's all very upsetting,''
n the letter dated June 12, which arrived at the Martin's home on Monday, State Housing Minister Bruce Flegg stated that more than 8700 public housing homes had two or more unused bedrooms.
``Such under-utilisation cannot be allowed to continue,’’ he wrote.
Solutions include moving tenants of underoccupied dwellings to smaller properties, sharing their houses or making them pay a higher rent to stay put.
``We only have a small three bedroom house,' Mrs Martin said.
``We use two of the bedroom already, my husband has Crohnes Disease and uses a colostomy bag and I have a heart condition. I don't know where any extras would go.
``The rent takes up nearly half our combined pension income as it is, we barely get by, so we can't afford to pay any more to stay.
``We also have a dog so moving to a unit is just not possible for us.
``My husband is very angry, I am just upset.''
The letter requests that feedback on the proposed options be sent to the department by June 30, and also offers an amnesty for anyone who has unregistered occupants in their house.
If these extra people are declared by July 27, they will be counted among the residents there, but if not declared they will not be counted and the house will be treated as underoccupied.
They may also be required to back pay rent if they are discovered living there.
Mr Flegg said he would adopt a ``compassionate view'' as underoccupancy reviews were undertaken.
``It makes no sense for a single person to live in a two or three bedroom house that would be more suitable for a single parent with a child or a family of four,'' he said.
``It's important for tenants to understand that they aren't going to be left without a home as a result of this process.
``I understand these are sensitive issues and we are committed to working with tenants to make any necessary changes as easy as possible''.
Read the letter in full that was sent to public housing tenants, and the accompanying feedback form. http://www.couriermail.com.au/questn...-1226401261308