So, can I have one minute of your time? I want to talk about the importance of advocacy –speaking up for the poor and vulnerable, especially those who find it difficult to be heard at all, they need our help! In this case the very-low, low- and moderate-income earners who are in a great deal of stress because their rental housing is unaffordable and too far away from work.
Churches Housing has, over the years, spent a lot of time writing submissions to government, highlighting evidence-based research and participating in forums, advisory boards, panels and so on. This is important work, but the results are incremental and sometimes impossible to measure.
Grass-roots campaigns work
Another form of advocacy, which appears to be more effective, has been to collaborate with others to organise a more grass-roots campaign asking for changes in the area of social and affordable housing.
Partnering with the Sydney Alliance, Churches Housing has been able to lead delegations to visit local state MPs, Ministers and key advisors to the Government, assist in organising large rallies (with attendances of 380 and 600+) and speak with the leaders of key government agencies such as the Greater Sydney Commission, Urban Growth and Landcom.
We have been able to get our message out to real and ordinary people through our network, through social media, radio interviews, media releases, articles and public meetings and increasingly our message is being heard by Government.
As the tide of public opinion swells, our voice of reason and call for more effective targets and measures of affordable rental housing becomes stronger.
We are here for the long haul and we will continue to push together for effective targets for the mandatory inclusion of affordable housing in all larger developments i.e 15% on private land and 30% on government land.
Join us on Saturday 17 March
Below you will see an invitation and online registration to join our listening campaign in Penrith, a marginal government seat, on Saturday 17 March.
Please consider joining us! It doesn’t matter if you live in Penrith, what matters is that we make enough noise to be heard all the way back to Macquarie St.
This issue affects all Sydney but we hope that Penrith on this day can speak for all of us.
See you there!