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Jun 21, 2013
joelpringle

Advocates welcome election focus on housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the release of the Greens homelessness policies ahead of the Federal election, and have challenged the major parties to do likewise.

‘Whilst the election campaign may not have formally started, a date has been announced and voters are waiting to hear what the different parties have to offer. Labor and the Coalition cannot keep ducking when asked what they will do to solve the housing crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.

‘Addressing housing affordability is a key plank to bringing down the rates of homelessness. There are simply not enough affordable rental properties available, and this is leading to over-crowding, hardship, insecure housing and homelessness.’

‘The measures announced by The Greens today, including building new homes targeted to people who are currently experiencing homelessness, and doubling the level of support to maintain their housing, would go a long way to help the most vulnerable people in our communities.’

‘Homelessness is increasingly an issue for families, the face of homelessness is changing. The housing crisis hurts ordinary Australians and their families and is holding back the nation as a whole.’

‘The onus is now on the major parties to explain to the community what they would do in the next period of government to address the housing crisis. Voters deserve to know.’

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working together 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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