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Date posted: 21 February 2014
A new alliance of organisations has been formed to campaign for public housing policies that assist tenants to meet standards so they are not evicted into homelessness.
Eighteen organisations in total form the alliance, including Indigenous services, tenancy advocates, unions, churches, academics and legal centres.
From July 2011 to December last year, 1015 tenancies were vacated through eviction. Of those, 584 had at least one householder who self-identified as Indigenous. Advocates say they included large families with multi-generations and high numbers of children and grandchildren. In the 2010 and 2011 financial years, there were 411 evictions, including 225 Indigenous tenancies.
Organiser Marc Newhouse, of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, said there was a groundswell of concern in the community about the disproportionate and devastating effect on many Indigenous children, disabled people and their carers, tenants with mental health issues and women seeking to escape violent former partners. 'Forcing families into homelessness does nothing to address these issues,' he said.
Source: The West Australian