Australians for Affordable Housing will today join with Equality Rights Alliance on the lawns of Federal Parliament House to highlight that Australian women are amongst the hardest hit
from a lack of affordable housing.
AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said one in ten households in Australia are in housing stress and many women are falling through the cracks in our housing system.
“Women have lower average incomes than men, have less superannuation and take on greater caring responsibilities. This means that their ability to pay high housing costs is much less.
“Research shows that the highest rates of disadvantage are among households who have a low income and low wealth. Most of these households are single parents, and most of them are women.
“With continued high house prices buying a home is difficult for everyone, but for many women, it is now an unrealistic dream.
“A woman on an average full time wage would have to work 8 and a half years to buy a median priced home in Australia. This is more than double what’s considered an affordable ratio of incomes to house prices of between 3 and 4 times average annual earnings.
Our housing market is locking out low and middle income earners, squeezing renters with high rents and the shortage of social housing means it is failing as a safety net. This means that when someone’s in housing crisis, like women and children escaping family violence, they’re often left with nowhere to go.
“We need a national housing plan to address housing affordability, but the Government can act right now to help take the pressure of women in housing stress, with a 30 per cent increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and Affordable Housing Growth Fund so we can build more affordable rental housing and make sure that households who need it don’t fall through the gaps,” 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
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