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|
|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|
|Glen Eira (C)||13||7386||13||2193||30||4628|
|Port Phillip (C)||13||6765||8||1062||20||4712|
|Moonee Valley (C)||12||5338||13||1570||26||2586|
*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.
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566
or media inquiries: David Imber, 0413 274 204
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