Seniors from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are facing a housing crisis, with a current shortfall of more than 1500 affordable rental properties in the region. By 2036, more than 3400 people over the age of 65 in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are expected to be experiencing housing stress.

Ms Mihaluk and Ms Catley met with Max and Elizabeth Bower in Pelican, who have been stranded on the priority Elderly Persons waiting list for more than two years due to the lack of available housing stock in their community, with no offer of appropriate housing in sight.

Mr and Mrs Bower make ends meet with their pension and the compensation Mr Bower receives as someone who suffers from an asbestos related disease, but paying $700 in rent each fortnight places an enormous financial strain on them.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Social Housing Tania Mihailuk:

“The NSW Government has failed to address the acute need for more social and affordable housing for seniors in East Lake Macquarie, particularly as they are more vulnerable to experiencing housing stress due to their fixed incomes.

“It is a sad state of affairs when pensioners who can’t afford the private rental market are unable to access social or affordable housing due to a lack of available housing stock.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley:

“Mr and Mrs Bower are just one example of vulnerable people on fixed incomes forced into financial hardship due to the enormous cost associated with renting in the private market.

"The Baird Liberal Government needs to take this problem seriously and immediately address the growing housing crisis faced by seniors in East Lake Macquarie.”