AS the waiting list for public housing in Mount Druitt grows, so does the number of empty and abandoned homes.
There are calls for Housing NSW to manage its vacated properties better in order to reduce the 10-year wait for public housing.
It was sparked by the state government’s recently implemented bedroom charge.
Housing NSW tenants with spare bedrooms will pay a bedroom charge if they don’t accept alternative housing.
The Star has been alerted to empty and boarded up homes left to be vandalised, which could have gone to some of the 22,000 NSW families, with children, on the waiting list.
Shalvey resident Joe Vassallo signed off on a transfer to move out of his three-bedroom home.
Two years later he is still there.
‘‘I’m not worried about moving as long as I can bring my dog,’’ he said.
‘‘But it’s difficult to ask an old person who doesn’t want to move when there are seven boarded up houses in my street that could be given to families.
‘‘It’s not fair to anyone.’’
He had a simple message for Housing NSW.
‘‘Get your act together.’’
Out of 32 Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) homes in Mr Vassallo’s street, 23 are managed by Wentworth Community Housing, according to a Housing NSW spokesman.
‘‘Of the remaining properties managed by Housing NSW, none are presently vacant,’’ he said.
Out of 5717 LAHC properties in the Mount Druitt area, 89 dwellings are vacant.
Five will be demolished and 22 are listed for sale.
‘‘Demolition is generally as a result of a property being damaged beyond repair by fire, with a few due to redevelopment activities,’’ the spokesman said.
The average time in the 2770 postcode for a new public tenant to move into a home once it has been vacated is 41.42 days.
‘‘Dwellings in areas subject to high vandalism that are being restored to a habitable state for new tenants are boarded up to minimise illegal access and vandalism,’’ the spokesman said.
‘‘Irrespective of whether the dwelling is to be re-let, sold or demolished, the goal is to undertake all activities as quickly as possible.’’