Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) is calling on Territorians to join the campaign for more affordable housing as it launches in Darwin today, with research revealing that almost 3,700 renters and home purchasers in the city struggle with high housing costs.
Launching the housing stress league table, AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs had the highest numbers of households in housing stress, with almost 6800 households on a low income paying more than 30 per cent of their income on rents or mortgages.
“While Coomalie has the highest rates of housing stress with 17 per cent of the population struggling with rents or mortgages, it has a smaller population than areas like Darwin and Palmerston, where rates of housing stress are 13 and 15 per cent respectively” said Ms Toohey.
“Things are much worse for people in the rental market where 20 per cent of renters in Darwin and Palmerston are in housing stress, and 23 per cent for Alice Springs”.
“When people are in housing stress, on a low income and paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs, they have very little left over to cover other basic costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”.
“House prices and rents in Darwin are continuing to rise, and with new mining developments that will only get worse”.
“Darwin’s new affordable housing company, Venture Housing, is a good start, but they can’t fix the territories housing problems alone. We need both the Territory Government and the Commonwealth to be working together to fix our housing system”
“Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Territorians to join the campaign and encourage Governments to address the housing crisis”.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
Housing stress – Australians for Affordable Housing local council league table*
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*This league table provides for comparison of small local areas and is based on modelled census numbers. These are not directly comparable with recently published housing stress modelling on ABS Survey of Income and Housing data.
Media contact: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989.
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