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Tenant Community

A diverse community

Tenants come to Bridge Housing from all walks of life and all backgrounds. They are activists, artists, parents, volunteers and workers. They are community members, elders, leaders, survivors and everyday people with rights and responsibilities.

Bridge Housing tenants are also some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Sydney, with high levels of complex needs. 

As of January 2015:

  • We house more than 2,800 people living in over 1,600 dwellings across 18 local government areas.
  • Almost 80 per cent of tenants are in general social housing programs
  • 17 per cent of tenants are in supported programs
  • 4 per cent of tenants are in affordable housing programs.

Tenants live in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of Sydney such as Auburn and Canterbury, but also in some of the most advantaged areas such as Leichhardt and Woollahra. What is common to all of these areas is the critical lack of affordable accommodation.

Learn more about Bridge Housing tenants and their communities in our Community Profiles 2015.

Learn more about our housing portfolio.

Where tenants live

Learn more about our tenant community in the following Sydney areas in which currently 99 per cent of Bridge Housing tenants live:

Comparisons with general population

Compared with the Greater Sydney general population, in 2014 we housed:

 Who Bridge houses

Greater [1] Sydney %

Bridge Housing %

Many more people with disability

(12% of residents identify as having a psychiatric disability)

4

26

More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

1

7

More sole parent families

11

16

Many more adult residents who rely on income support

27[2]

76

Many more people living alone

26

58

Significantly more people aged 60 and over

18

27

More women

51

56

Fewer children under the age of 18

23

21

Far fewer couples with children

35

4

Fewer people who speak a language other than English at home – the main languages spoken include  Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese 

33

25

Far fewer people who are employed

94

15

More detailed information is available in our Community Profiles 2015 and our Annual Report



[1] Statistics sourced from ID Community Profiles unless otherwise stated.

[2] Overall Australian statistic from  www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features50Mar+2010

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