Housing affordability is a critical issue in Penrith LGA, as it is nationally.

Affordable housing is housing that is appropriate for the needs of a range of very-low to moderate income households, and priced so these households can meet their other essential basic living costs such as food, health care and transport.

Housing is usually considered affordable if it costs less than 30% of a household’s gross income. The 2021 Census identified, 34.8% of our community are in rental stress and 16.8% of households with a mortgage are considered to be in mortgage stress.

Penrith City Council has developed a Draft Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan to advocate and undertake activities to directly impact housing affordability in the Penrith local government area over the next four years. Council’s ability to act in the affordable housing policy area is limited, but we can help through:

  • Advocacy to State and Federal Governments;
  • Partnerships with State Government and the housing sector (private market and community housing providers);
  • Support for housing, homelessness and community services sector; and
  • Planning incentives to encourage affordable housing in appropriate locations.

How to get involved:

Have your say on council’s Draft Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan by:

  • Completing the survey below
  • Completing the quick poll
  • Or email socialstrategy@penrith.city

Feedback closes Friday 6 October

Take the Quick Poll

Quick Poll

How affordable is Penrith LGA as a place to live?

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Very affordable
7% (5 votes)
Somewhat affordable
60% (44 votes)
Not affordable at all
33% (24 votes)
Total Votes: 73

Do you feel secure in your housing situation?

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58% (42 votes)
34% (25 votes)
Prefer not to say
8% (6 votes)
Total Votes: 73

Do you support the Affordable Housing Strategy Goal? “Diverse Affordable Housing for Everyone: Deliver and expand a diverse range of affordable housing that meets the spectrum of housing needs for low to moderate income households.”

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70% (60 votes)
30% (26 votes)
Total Votes: 86

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Why we need affordable housing