An Adelaide disability pensioner’s revealed she’s been force to live in a tent for weeks, as SA’s housing crisis deepens.
The state government has admitted there’s no “quick fix” for the problem that’s being made worse by the skyrocketing cost of living.
At 36, Meagan never expected this tent to be where she’d call home.
“I never ever thought I would be in this situation, it’s been absolutely horrible,” she said.
The disability pensioner says she’s been paying $300 a week for a piece of grass at the West Beach caravan park.
This was a decision she made after around 40 private rental applications were knocked back over the past five weeks.
“Everything keeps going up how are people going to survive? The homelessness is just going to get worse and worse and worse,” she said.
The single mother’s now one of more than 16,000 on the Public Housing wait list and fears she’s been lost in the Government system.
SA’s Human Services Minister Nat Cook says it was a problem they inherited when they came into office earlier this year.
“In the first week of coming into office we had 1,500 emails,” Cook told 9News.
While Cook has called Meghan personally today and offered hotel accommodation as a shot term solution, finding a permanent home could still take months.
Making matters worse, SA’s housing shortage crisis is being compounded by the rising cost of living.
The Government says one of the ways to help with that is a $1.8 million investment to extend the Fuel Price Transparency Scheme.
It something the RAA says is saving motorists an average of around $350 a year.
“If you’ve got two cars it’s the largest energy bill you have in the house and to be able to save 600 bucks on an energy bill during the year is a really important part of budgeting today,” Mark Borlace of RAA told 9News.
But the SA government’s yet to commit to following interstate leads when it come to energy rebates.