Coast in housing crisis: Vaughan

Julie Vaughan, Director of Connected Communities in Central Coast Council talks about Council's Affordable Housing Strategy.Julie Vaughan, Director of Connected Communities in Central Coast Council talks about Council's Affordable Housing Strategy.

We have moved from housing stress to housing crisis on the Central Coast according to Central Coast Council’s Director of Connected Communities , Julie Vaughan.

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The need for more affordable housing to address that crisis has resulted in Central Coast Council engaging with 500 stakeholders and spending six months preparing its draft affordable housing strategy. “Affordability relates to households paying 30 per cent or more of their incomes in mortgage or rent, and on the Central Coast that is households with up to $100,000 combined income per annum and totally relates to 63 per cent of our community,” Vaughan said. “It really is a pressing issue,” she said. “We know we are expecting up to 40,000 new residents to our region in the next 20 years, so it is front of mind for many people,” she said. Vaughan said she emphasised that there is a lot of misunderstanding about affordable housing with many coming to the conclusion that provision of affordable housing lead to ‘slums of ghettos”.

Vaughan said the affordable housing strategy included 28 strategies and she encouraged all residents to make a submission before the closing date 5pm on Friday, December 21.

Link to submission system here. (We provide this link in the interests of the local community )

Source: Video Interview, Gosford November 2018

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