Sometimes you need help to get on the right track

Raymond Morris with WESTS coordinator Franya Repolusk
Raymond Morris with WESTS coordinator Franya Repolusk
Raymond Morris is a public housing tenant who's very active in his community – he's mentored and supported hundreds of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Last year, Raymond put up a carport at his place to secure his car. However Housing NSW informed him that is was an illegal structure, ordered him to take it down, and also served him with an eviction notice. So Raymond got advice from the Western Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (WESTS) and went to the Tribunal.
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Water Metering Win

Jen Ringold and Lorraine Devere of MRAG
Jen and Lorraine saving water.
Pay only for what you use. MRAG and TU win for social housing residents.
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#WeLiveHere social action

The picture shows a young resident of the Waterloo housing estate
A young resident of the Waterloo housing estate
#WeLiveHere2017 is a social action led by local residents of Redfern Waterloo. Before the towers are demolished, an epic community light project will install 500 coloured lights into tenants’ windows in the iconic Matavai and Turanga Towers. Help fund this great social action project for residents of the Waterloo housing estate.
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Growing community in a tenant-run garden

Todd and Bent Street tenants
Tenants from Todd & Bent Street
The public housing tenants at Todd and Bent Street have been working hard to create a vibrant community and a luscious community garden. Thanks to their love and care, a permaculture garden now thrives in an area which used to be neglected. We spoke to some of the residents and asked them about the garden and their experiences as tenants.
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A strong voice for tenants

Charmaine Jones, with TU staff, Patrycja, Jemima, Anne and Julie
Charmaine Jones, with TU staff
Charmaine Jones, social housing tenant and Tenants' Union Treasurer, reflects on her involvement with the TU and the changes in the sphere of social housing.
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Stories from 40 years of advocacy

Robert Mowbray
Robert Mowbray, TU Project Officer
Robert Mowbray was a founder of the TU and continues to be active in the movement for the rights of tenants through his work as the TU Older Tenants Project Officer and his work with residents of Miller's Point. In this article for Tenant News Robert recounts some his favourite stories from his years of activism.
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Five Changes to Social Housing Laws

In October 2015, NSW Parliament passed a law changing the rights and responsibilities of all social housing tenants in important ways. FACS Housing will begin using these new rules against public housing tenants from 22 February 2016. Community housing providers will do the same to their tenants soon after.
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ISTAAS speaks up for public housing tenants in parliamentary inquiry

Kimberley Mackenzie (RLC Tenants' Advocate), Jacqui Swinburne (RLC Tenancy Coordinator) & Ned Cutcher (TU)
Kimberley Mackenzie (RLC Tenants' Advocate), Jacqui Swinburne (RLC Tenancy Coordinator) & Ned Cutcher (Tenants' Union)
Redfern Legal Centre has spent many years advocating for public housing tenants waiting for basic repairs to be done on their homes. The lack of action they experience, even after correct procedure is followed, can be detrimental to people’s health and wellbeing.
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Five key changes to social housing laws

In October 2015, NSW Parliament passed the highly contentious Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing - Antisocial Behaviour) Act - affecting the rights and obligations of all social housing tenants in NSW, and restricting the capacity of the Tribunal to consider the evidence before it. Strictly speaking, these changes have applied since enactment. But FACS Housing will begin actively using the new rules against public housing tenants from today, having published a new operational policy to guide its decision making in this regard. Community housing providers are expected to do the same in the near future. 
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The Repair Kit

Redfern Legal Centre's Repair Kit cover
A handy guide to getting Housing NSW to repair your home, produced and updated by Redfern Legal Centre.
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