Affordable housing block set to open as vacancy rates hit 10-year low

Kate, 18, said it was tough for any person her age to find a suitable place to live.

“It has enabled me to finish school, to work, and it’s been really good because it’s convenient and there’s a lot of support,” she said. “Especially when I first moved in, I needed a lot of support.

“It’s really tricky. I have two jobs, I have a year’s worth of rental history, and it’s still not enough to get into most private rentals. It’s not really possible for a young person to have much more than that, especially if you’re 18 or 19.

“That’s why we need more social housing options that are affordable to young people. Otherwise, how do you ever get out of homelessness?”

December quarter data from the Real Estate Institute…

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