A 36-year-old woman from Adelaide who receives the disability pension has been living in a tent for weeks due to the lack of available housing and skyrocketing cost-of-living in South Australia.
The woman – who identified herself as Meagan – revealed that she has been paying a staggering $300 a week to pitch her tent at a local caravan park after applications to around 40 rental homes had been knocked back over the past month.
“I never ever thought I would be in this situation, it’s been absolutely horrible,” Meagan told 9News.
Meagan is a single mother who has now been forced to wait alongside 16,000 other South Australians for public housing to become available.
South Australia’s Human Services Minister, Nat Cook, claims that the housing issue was something that her government inherited when they were elected into office earlier this year and that she received over 1500 emails regarding housing in her first week.
9News has reported that Ms Cook has personally contacted Meagan and offered her free hotel accommodation as a short-term solution to her housing woes, as the waiting list for a permanent home could still take several months.