How to help solve Sydney’s homelessness crisis

By The Telegraph’s resident expert, Ben WilliamsA Sydney woman says she has “never experienced homelessness” but says she is “a bit lucky” to be able to afford a place to live.

Ms Ting has lived in a house in Sydney’s inner-west for the past two years, after moving to the city from a remote rural area, which is less affordable.

Ms Tang, who is in her late 40s, is not alone in her plight.

In a bid to tackle Sydney’s homeless problem, the city is considering a proposal to give homeless people a $10,000 discount on rental properties.

Ms Tara said the decision was “just a bit lucky for me” as she is struggling to get by.

“I had to move into a house I had no equity in because my rent was only $1,500 a month,” she said.

Ms Tam said she has had to sell a car and had been forced to move out of her current house because of the amount of rubbish it had accumulated.

“It’s just a bit of luck for me,” she explained.

The Salvation Army is also urging people to consider a temporary accommodation option to help alleviate the city’s homeless crisis.

“There is a lot of money out there for people who can’t afford to pay for their own home but if they can, they should apply,” the organisation’s chief executive, Mark Evans, said.

“We have to make sure that people who are struggling are not thrown out of their home, that they are able to make rent payments.”

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