For those who haven’t heard, “SHAC” is the Student Housing Action Collective. The rental market is set to hit the poorest Melbournians hard, and that includes people trying to get through university courses while keeping food on their plates and shelter over their heads. SHAC is demonstrating a fairly powerful solution to the problem, by occupying a university-owned building (that has gone unused for three years while students and other citizens dealt with ever-increasing rents), bringing it up to code, and turning it into a Housing Collective, with plans to make it a community hub.
Since then, they’ve received support from the community and, now, trade unions as well. The University of Melbourne is hoping to kick these kids out, so today they’ve holding a free dinner and collective meeting, leading into a slumber party, to show support for SHAC’s ideas, and to give them a sense of safety in numbers.
From the SHAC blog:
After our highly successful rally and continued community support and solidarity, SHAC has now received a final eviction notice.
The University has stated that SHAC must vacate by 5PM tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd December, or action will be taken to vacate the property.
Come down tomorrow at 4PM for a free dinner out the front of SHAC to show your support!
For those who are keen to stay around, SHAC will be holding a collective meeting and then a slumber party after dinner.
Spread the word, come enjoy a free meal and support affordable student housing!
4PM WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 272-278 FARADAY ST, CARLTON.