The NSW government built 43 social housing properties in 2012 worth $21.3 million, but it sold off or demolished 41 properties and is selling more.
Orange will have fewer social housing properties than it did before the new ones in Matthews Avenue and Dalton Street were built.
In the last financial year, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation sold more than 500 properties, raising $165 million.
In Orange there are currently 12 for sale. Six have been sold since July and 33 were sold in the last financial year, making $3.9 million for the government, but resulting in an overall decrease of eight social housing properties in Orange.
The waiting list for social housing in Orange is up to 10 years for places with one or two bedrooms and up to five years for properties with three or four bedrooms.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee declined an interview, but said in a statement the proportion of social housing in the Orange local government area was above the state average.
However, the state figures must take into account every small town and village that is too small to have social housing, which would bring the figures down.
“Most of the buildings sold or demolished were 40 to 50-year-old cottages and had reached the end of their economic lives,” Mr Gee said.
“These have been replaced by modern dwellings with environmentally friendly features.”
Mr Gee suggested the government should look at ways to help people get into other accommodation.
“One recent initiative of the NSW Government was to transfer title of social housing stock to Housing Plus, which has enabled them to borrow to build more low-income housing for people who can afford rent and are just above the threshold for social housing,” he said.
“Twenty one and two bedroom units and one house are being constructed in Orange as a part of this scheme.”
Tenants in community housing, unlike public housing tenants, can qualify for commonwealth rent assistance, which is used by the community housing provider to operate at a profit.