Katoomba Elderly Left in the Cold

UTS Journalism, April 2017

Katoomba’s aging homeless community are waiting up to a decade for accommodation as new reports reveal a severe lack of available housing.

The latest figures from the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) show a 10+ year waiting time for social housing in many of the Outer Western regions, including Katoomba. Anglicare’s most recent Rental Affordability report shows that one of 832 properties advertised in the Outer West and Blue Mountains region is considered affordable for a single person receiving the Aged Pension.