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May 18, 2012

WA budgets for a good start on housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the Western Australian Government’s commitment to affordable housing in yesterday’s budget.

“The Western Australian Government is moving in the right direction with its housing strategy, and with $917 million worth of investment, this budget will help to improve housing affordability for people on low and middle incomes. said Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.

“The $450m in funding for the state’s Affordable Housing Expression of Interest program will help to boost the number of middle income earners who will be able to get into home ownership, though the Shared Start program”.

“Funding to build 433 new social housing properties, will help very low income households get a secure home and is a very welcome investment, but it will house just 2 per cent of people on the public housing waiting list”.

With rents rising at an alarming rate, 24,000 households on the public housing waiting list and 90,000 households in housing stress, much more needs to be done to address WA’s housing crisis”.

“With families living in tents, and paying $280 a week for the privilege, something is very wrong in the Western Australian housing system”

“The Western Australian Government is taking a holistic approach to the problem of housing affordability and that must be commended, but this budget takes just a small bite out of a much larger problem”

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

Media contact: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989. Follow AAH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/housingstressed and Twitter: @housingstressed

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