Wodonga house seekerThe Border Mail he wason a disability pension, was single and supportedtwo children.
The man, in his 30s, said he hadbeen looking for a house for a month and applied for about 10 places eachweek.
“To be honest, I’m at a stage where I don’t care what house or flat it is,” he said.
“Priorto this month Ihad been living in a tent, but a friend with a kind heart offered me a place to stay.
“I’m starting to get very disheartened with it all.
“It would be nice to have rooms for my children when they visit, but a safe place with aroof over our head is the main thing.”
There was little change in Wodonga from the previous quarter.
But regardless of that,the housing situation is slowly getting worse.
The Rural Housing Network, in the Hume region, has reported a 30 per cent increasein the number of people seeking urgent housing assistance.
Service development manager Laura Simpson said half of those were single people.
“Singles can face additional challenges in affording a private rental, because if they are on a low or fixed income it’s harder to afford the rent on your own,” she said.
“According to our datafinancial difficulty is the main reason why people sought assistance across all of our programs.”
The situation is better north of the Border where, on Thursday, there were about 20 affordable houses compared with one in Wodonga, she said.
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