David and Louise have three children and on weekends David’s three children from a previous marriage live with them. Through the private rental market they are renting a three bedroom house for $540 a week, which is more than half of their weekly household income of $1,000. David is a tradesman so when it rains he cannot work a full week.
“We have to budget absolutely everything, but often fall behind paying bills.”
David and Louise have been on the waiting list for social housing for 6 years.
“Buying our own home is out of the question, we will never be able to save for a deposit.”