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Feb 4, 2013
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Housing crisis key to building trust amongst voters

With the election date announced and the major parties’ attention turning to the cost-of-living, housing can no longer be ignored, according to Australians for Affordable Housing.

‘If the Federal parties are serious about the cost-of-living, the first priority must be to address the housing crisis. If they offer a tweak here, and some rhetoric there, then voters shouldn’t take them seriously.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.

‘Housing is the number one cost for low-income households, and has increased from 13.9 per cent to 18 per cent of household expenditure from 1999-2010. In the two years since then, rents have further increased by around 10 per cent. There has been a supply gap of around 228,000 homes over the last decade. The housing crisis must be addressed by our leaders in the lead up to this year’s election.’

Yesterday’s Report on Government Services from the Productivity Commission showed the ability of social housing to relieve the housing stress faced by low-income households.

‘Solutions are available, and yesterday’s Productivity Commission report gave some clues. Whilst nearly 20 per cent of Australian households are experiencing housing stress, the Productivity Commission has shown that only 3.5 per cent of residents in community housing are in housing stress, with similar results for public housing.’

‘Renting is no longer a cheaper alternative for families who can’t afford to buy a house. At current levels, rent has become a trap which stops people saving for a deposit and saving for their future. As yet the neither the Government or the Opposition has offered a solution to this.’

‘We are calling on both the major parties to commit to an affordable housing growth fund, to assist people getting access to affordable housing.’

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

For enquiries, case studies and interviews contact Joel Pringle, 0427 563 989
Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed

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