Australians for Affordable Housing have today launched their goals and recommendations for reform.
Read the full report here.
In August this year the Western Sydney Housing Coalition wrote to candidates in Western Sydney seats for the 2013 Federal election to ask their positions on housing affordability. They have asked me to post the responses here. Each can be downloaded below.
Please note: This was not an activity of Australians for Affordable Housing and posting is not necessarily an endorsement of the content, but we are cross posting here in support of a group that we think are doing great work for the people of Western Sydney. Continue reading »
Today’s ABS release Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-12 have shown the unreliability of housing affordability measures that rely on interest rates, according to affordable housing advocates.
‘Today’s figures from the ABS show the precarious situation for mortgage holders on Australia. Despite interest rates being at historical lows, affordability is no better than it was in 1996. In July 1996 interest rates as set by the RBA were 7.5%, in July 2013 they were 2.75%. And yet the ABS figures tell us that Australian’s are paying no less now than they were then.’ Continue reading »
This video was made to promote the ‘Problems with Property’ forum, to be held 26 August in Melbourne. Appearing are my fellow panellists for the forum, Karl Fitzgerald (Prosper) and Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia).
Check out the video and, if you’re in town, come by for the forum!
Housing costs are rising and the under-investment in affordable housing is impacting on families with young children, according to the election statement released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The document coincided with the release of electorates ranked by housing stress.
‘The polls are saying that housing is a priority issue for voters, if not the number one issue. That’s no surprise given the recent research that a fulltime wage is often not enough to afford housing. But the major parties have so far avoided offering solutions to the housing crisis.’ Continue reading »
Affordable housing advocates have welcomed the start of the Federal election campaign and the new onus on the major parties to respond to the housing crisis, which recently polled as the number one issue amongst voters.
‘The major parties can no longer hide from the housing crisis, which a recent Auspoll found to be the number one issue amongst voters’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »
In March this year Australians for Affordable Housing released the report ‘Defaulting on the Australian Dream’ to highlight the impacts of the housing affordability crisis on many full-time workers.
Here’s footage of Joel Pringle, our Campaign Manager discussing the report on ABC NEWS 24.
The full report can be downloaded here.
This year we’re going to ramp up the campaign for affordable housing and with your continued help, we’re hoping to make a difference.
We have been busy planning out the next 12 months and next week we will be launching a major federal budget bid. We know that only the involvement of the Federal Government can deliver affordable housing to all Australians and we’ll be telling the Federal Government exactly what needs to happen to make housing more affordable.
Along with our budget statement we’ll continue to campaign for:
- A clear national plan to deliver affordable housing to all Australians
- More low cost rental housing
- More opportunities for low income households to get into home ownership
- Better financial assistance for low income renters
- Fairer housing investment tax arrangements
- Options to make home ownership easier for first home buyers
We’ll keep in touch about how you can help us reach these goals in the coming year, but in the mean time, help spread the word by sharing the campaign with friends, family and colleagues who are in housing stress or are concerned about the lack of affordable housing in Australia by clicking here.
You can also share your experience with rental and housing stress by completing our share your story action.
Thank you again for supporting the campaign and we look forward to your ongoing involvement in 2012.
All the best,
Australians for Affordable Housing
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