19 Jun 2017
The NSW government has secured more than $3 million in additional annual rent income as a result of tenants coming forward to declare undisclosed income, assets, property ownership and unauthorised occupants under the protection of a seven-week amnesty.
During the amnesty, run by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), from April 24 to June 11, more than 7800 calls were made to the hotline by public housing, Aboriginal Housing Office tenants and members of the public making declarations or third party allegations.
As a result of the amnesty, $26.8 million in additional income and $28.2 million of additional assets were also disclosed to FACS.
“This is a great result for vulnerable families. The extra income will be poured back into the social housing system where we are continuing to make improvements to the lives of our tenants,” Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said.
“It is also a great result for the community who expect our social housing tenants to be paying the correct rent so that the Government can provide better services for those who need it most.”
FACS is focusing on renewing and improving social housing through the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW reforms, which will grow housing supply and provide better support services.
Under Future Directions approximately 23,000 new and replacement social housing dwellings and 500 affordable homes will be delivered through the Communities Plus program. In addition, the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) will deliver access to 2,200 social and affordable homes during phase 1 of the project.
“This amnesty has been a real success; every dollar that has been gained will be spent on more resources and improvements for our most vulnerable.” Ms Goward said.