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Dec 3, 2011
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Housing stress in Melbourne’s suburbs revealed

The extent of housing stress across Melbourne has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs in the heart of Melbourne, the outer suburbs and almost everywhere in between according to new modelling commissioned by AAH.

“Housing is the single biggest cost of living pressure in Australia. When low-income households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs they are officially in housing stress. This means they have very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”.

Greater Dandenong is the hardest hit, with 21% of households experiencing housing stress, and 19% of people in the Hume and Melbourne local government areas experiencing housing stress, Sarah Toohey, AAH Campaign Manager announced today.

“Renters are doing it even tougher than those with a mortgage. More than 40% of renters in Hume, Brimbank and the Mornington Peninsula are experiencing housing stress,” Ms Toohey said.

“The situation is most dire in the south east. In Greater Dandenong 31% of mortgagees and 38% of those in private rental experience stress due to high housing costs. In Casey, the figures are 21% for mortgagees and 35% for private renters, and in Frankston 19% of home buyers and 37% of private renters are in housing stress.

“The problem isn’t unique to these areas, with Brimbank, Melton, and Maribyrnong in the West, and Hume and Whittlesea to the north also facing significant housing stress.

“It’s no secret that the high cost of housing in Melbourne is difficult for many, but the figures show where the pain is being felt the most – and it’s spread right across Greater Melbourne.

“Urgent action is needed by both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, with a proper housing strategy that includes more than releasing land on the city fringe. Premier Ballieu needs to invest in more affordable housing options close to jobs and services to reduce the squeeze on weekly budgets.

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Melbourne residents in housing stress to join the campaign to convince governments to address the housing crisis. More information can be found on our website www.housingstressed.org.au .

“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 and lack of affordable options,” said Ms Toohey.

Housing stress – Australians for Affordable Housing local council league table*

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %        Number %        Number %         Number
Greater Dandenong (C) 21 10236 31 4372 38 4868
Hume (C) 19 10872 26 6735 41 3347
Melbourne (C) 19 7629 18 1330 25 5449
Brimbank (C) 18 11484 29 6124 41 4377
Melton (S) 18 6496 21 4179 38 1995
Casey (C) 18 15135 21 9543 35 4711
Frankston (C) 18 9032 19 4050 37 4250
Maribyrnong (C) 17 5175 16 1575 31 2881
Cardinia (S) 16 4117 19 2304 35 1527
Wyndham (C) 16 8240 18 4645 33 3094
Darebin (C) 16 9144 16 2531 33 5264
Whittlesea (C) 16 7897 23 4454 36 2860
Moreland (C) 16 9385 17 2993 32 5303
Mornington Peninsula (S) 15 9107 20 4208 40 3981
Yarra Ranges (S) 14 7786 19 4627 38 2582
Hobsons Bay (C) 14 4789 17 1897 31 2289
Kingston (C) 14 7948 16 3340 32 3853
Glen Eira (C) 13 7386 13 2193 30 4628
Port Phillip (C) 13 6765 8 1062 20 4712
Maroondah (C) 13 5590 15 2412 32 2678
Yarra (C) 13 4805 7 682 20 2945
Monash (C) 13 8319 16 2904 32 4573
Knox (C) 12 7109 16 3896 32 2563
Stonnington (C) 12 5633 9 916 23 4035
Moonee Valley (C) 12 5338 13 1570 26 2586
Whitehorse (C) 12 7134 14 2597 31 3741
Banyule (C) 11 5323 14 2074 28 2415
Manningham (C) 10 4423 16 2108 32 1922
Boroondara (C) 10 6472 10 1776 25 4116
Nillumbik (S) 9 2024 13 1280 33 597
Bayside (C) 9 3385 10 1192 26 1708

*This league table provides for comparison of small local areas and is based on modelled census numbers. These figures are not directly comparable with recently published housing stress modelling on ABS Survey of Income and Housing data.

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia.

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566
or media inquiries: David Imber, 0413 274 204

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  • Paulapark

    am a single 52 year old woman on disability pension due to severe clinical depression.
    To enable me to get the mental health services required to battle my ongoing problems, major one being affordable housing, I have had to meove back in with my elderly mother in her housing ministry home, as I could no longer afford private rental n a pension.

    After two years being here, I am finding that it is time I moved out as we are not getting along due to personality clashes, and the need for me to regain control of my life is important stage of my mental health improvement. BUT, there is a 15 year waiting list on the misitry of housing or 8 years on the priority listing……..I have no option but to stay here, or end up on the streets, perhaps death, is my preferred option at this stage.

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