Central Coast Council has a homelessness problem. According to Council spokesperson, Kylie Frazer, the three main drivers of homelessness or risk of homelessness are:
- Unemployment – esp youth unemployment, and those affected by the casualisation of the workforce
- Domestic violence – from 2013 to 2014 there was a (4%) in apprehended violence orders and in 2014 there were eleven thousand one hundred and eighty three (11,183) risk of significant harm reports representing close to four thousand individual children.
- Housing costs (mortgages and rents) compared to incomes
Now, the council is leasing land to the Tiny Homes Foundation to create a pilot providing homes to the homeless. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing socially, environmentally and economically sustainable housing solutions with a focus on housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Could similar projects offer alternative housing and education/employment solutions to Australia’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis in other LGAs? Providing people with a sense of purpose, a place of security and an opportunity to help themselves and others could make a big difference in many of our communities, and also boost local government's contribution in saving state funds!