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Mar 21, 2012
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Last chance for Queensland Election candidates to act on housing

Tens of thousands of Queenslanders will be the real losers this weekend if election candidates do not make housing affordability a priority and commit to funding affordable rental housing, Australians for Affordable Housing has warned.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said housing affordability was a serious issue facing Queenslanders with over 180,000 households in housing stress – a term used to describe low income households who spend over 30 per cent of their budget on housing costs.

“Housing stress is a major concern for Queenslanders in metropolitan, regional and rural areas. There are over 55,000 households in Brisbane council alone in housing stress, with 34,000 those in rental stress.

“Households in Gympie, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast and Logan are suffering the most with 19 per cent experiencing housing stress, while Fraser Coast has the highest proportion of people under rental stress (46%).

“With the election fast approaching, we urge the candidates to commit to investing in affordable housing and in turn, take steps to relieve tens of thousands of Queenslanders from housing stress.

“The lack of housing policy coming from candidates demonstrates a real lack of understanding on their part of the real issues facing Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Election is an ideal time for candidates to make an immediate commitment to the creation of affordable housing. Policies that increase the supply of affordable housing, like building more public and community housing must be a priority.

“We urge all Queenslanders concerned about housing affordability to join the Housing Stressed campaign and put pressure on Governments to work together to address the housing crisis,” Ms Toohey said.

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working  to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed

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