Social Housing sold off amid affordability crisis MidCoast LGA (overall news) Port Stephens LGA by News Of The Area - Modern Media - January 28, 2017 The NSW opposition has obtained documents under freedom of information laws that reveal the extent of social housing sales in the Hunter. Those documents reveal $19 million dollars’ worth of social housing sales in the past two years in the Hunter, despite the social housing waiting list ballooning out to over 60,000 applicants amid the escalating housing affordability crisis. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE “Hunter residents face a 10 year wait to access social housing,” Shadow Minister for the Hunter Kate Washington said. “The [NSW] Government has privatised the management of the Hunter’s social housing properties and many residents fear the Government will sell off their homes next,” Ms Washington said. NSW needs 100,000 new social and affordable houses over the next 20 years just to keep up with current levels of demand, according to community housing experts. Shadow Minister for Social Housing Tania Mihailuk said that the NSW Government should be focussing on increasing the supply of social and affordable housing options rather than selling off existing stock.