Further to our story about where all the money goes... the DoH tenant who trashed her 2 bedroom house and was rewarded by HNSW with a nice new 4 bedroom property, left this mess and a ~$5000 damage bill for Housing to take care of.
|The rotting putrid pile in the backyard|
|The kitchen which was only one year old||The carpet which was new|
|The walls which were painted recently...||And now it is boarded up and uninhabitable|
The Feral problem affects everyone - DoH staff; the Good tenants; the thousands on the waiting list who would be grateful to have a lovely home like this; the local community watching their streets deteriorate into slums; and the taxpayer who ultimately foots the bill.
Seriously - what can we do about the Ferals? How do we make someone like this accountable for their behaviour and actions?
If they are turfed out of Housing altogether they just become homeless - and that just passes the buck to Charities.
When there are children involved, they are most likely already under the eye of DoCS - understaffed and overworked.
Where mental health issues are a factor, The Health Dept foots the bill.
More often than not, it is left up to the Police to become the front-line troops.
What can Housing do to manage their own problems and not just deflect it to other services?