Australians for Affordable Housing called on Tasmanians to join the campaign for more affordable housing as it launched in Hobart today, revealing which councils are hit the hardest by housing stress.
New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Hobart council areas where both renters and home purchasers struggle with high housing costs.Sorell, Brighton and Glenorchy were the top three council areas with the highest proportion of households in housing stress. While Clarence Council had the lowest levels of housing stress overall, 37 per cent of renters on a low income were paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs.
Sorell and Brighton are showing quite high levels of mortgage stress, with 20 per cent of home buyers paying 30 per cent or more of their income on housing costs alone. It gets worse in the private rental market with 46 and 41 per cent renters in housing stress in Sorell and Brighton respectively.
While housing prices in Hobart might look more affordable when compared to the rest of the country, the median rent for a house in Hobart is $320 per week. That’s over half of the weekly income of someone earning the minimum wage, and these housing stress numbers emphasise the pressure that puts on households.
Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Tasmanians to join the campaign and encourage Governments to implement actions to address the housing crisis.
We need collective action at all levels of government to ensure that we fix our broken housing system, and take the pressure off families struggling with high housing costs.