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Aug 15, 2013
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Australians for Affordable Housing releases housing priorities for election

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 »

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May 15, 2013
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Housing crisis to deepen following Federal budget

Australia’s housing and rental crisis is likely to worsen in coming years and the Government has missed the opportunity to use the Federal budget to provide relief, say housing campaigners.

‘All signs indicate that people’s ability to afford a home will deteriorate further in coming years, so it is a disappointment that the Government has failed to include budget measures to ameliorate the crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Feb 28, 2013
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Addressing national rental crisis must be Budget priority

Australians for Affordable Housing has today released their pre-budget submission, highlighting the increasing rental crisis and recommending that the Federal Government uses the Budget to provide relief from rental stress.

“The private rental market is not an affordable refuge from high house prices. For many it is a trap that they want to, but can’t, escape.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager of Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Jan 16, 2013
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Young families increasingly reliant on insecure rental housing

New research by Australians for Affordable Housing has shown that parents with children are increasingly foregoing home ownership. Using census data, the research shows that there were almost 35,000 more Victorian families with children in rental accommodation in 2011 than there were in 2006. This represents an increase of 2.6 per cent in the rate of families in rental accommodation. Continue reading »

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Aug 30, 2012

AAH releases a 4-point plan to fix our housing crisis

A coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations is proposing a four point plan to address affordable housing in Australia that will deliver 30,000 new affordable housing units each year and lift 250,000 households out of housing stress over five years.

The plan would deliver affordable housing options for two out of every three people currently on public and community housing waiting lists, as well as take pressure off house prices and ease demand in the private rental market. Continue reading »

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May 8, 2012

No ‘fair go’ for housing in Budget

Tonight’s budget is full of disappointment for households struggling to get into the housing market and those trying to keep a roof over their heads said Australians for Affordable Housing.

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May 8, 2012

Battler’s Budget? Not so far!

Treasurer Wayne Swan has dubbed tonight’s Federal Budget a ‘battler’s budget, but without measures to address housing costs, Australians for Affordable Housing say the Budget will fail those struggling with the single biggest household expense.

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Apr 30, 2012
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Rental snapshot shows households locked out

New research showing that high rents are locking low income households out of Australia’s capital cities has Australians for Affordable Housing calling for an urgent increase in the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot surveyed the number of rental properties on the market that were affordable to people on income support payments and the minimum wage with shocking results.

“Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that not one rental in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin or Adelaide was affordable to a single person receiving Newstart, Youth Allowance or Austudy,” said Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.

“Couples and singles receiving the Aged or Disability Pensions will also struggle to find an affordable rental in any  of these capital cities, where the number of affordable rental properties ranges from zero to two per cent.”

“Across the country one in five renters are in housing stress. Because of high housing costs, tenants will struggle to pay the bills, buy clothes and food, pay for transport, or any school costs for their kids.”

“These households urgently need an increase in the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance in the upcoming Federal Budget, to help their household budget.”

“The rental market is so dysfunctional that even working households can’t find anything affordable. Anglicare’s Snapshot shows that less than one per cent of rentals in Sydney, and two per cent in Melbourne, were affordable and appropriate for single parents earning the minimum wage.”

“Right across the country our housing system is failing. Australians for Affordable Housing is calling for an immediate increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance as a down payment on a National Housing Plan, to make sure everyone can afford to keep a roof over their head”

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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Apr 23, 2012
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Over 30,000 South Australians need real Rent Assistance

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed that more than 30,000 South Australians who receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are in housing stress. That’s 36 per cent of the 83,000 people in South Australia who receive this payment.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that this shows just how desperately an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance is needed by South Australians.

“Tens of thousands of South Australians are struggling with high housing costs. Rents in Adelaide have risen 60 per cent more than the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) in the last five years, which has been hard for low income families struggling to make the rent.

“An increase in Rent Assistance of just $25 per week would lift more than 7,200 South Australians out of housing stress completely.

“Over 1,750 people – or 11 per cent of those receiving Newstart who are currently in housing stress would be able to make ends meet if CRA was increased by this small amount.

“11 per cent of South Australians on the Parenting Payment (single), and 10 per cent of those on the Disability Support Pension – over 3,300 people in total – would be lifted out of housing stress if CRA was boosted.

“Cost of living is a big issue for many Australians, and housing costs are the single biggest household expense. Increasing Rent Assistance is the logical way for the Government to make an immediate difference and take some pressure off households.

“We’ll need further reforms to Rent Assistance to help all of those people, but an immediate increase in CRA is a good place to start,” Ms Toohey said.

AAH has called on the Federal Government to increase CRA by 30 per cent in the Federal Budget, an increase of between $16 to $25 per week, which would help almost 100,000 people nationally.

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

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed


SOUTH AUSTRALIA CURRENT with $25pw increase
Total recipients Number in housing stress %in stress Number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension 14 613 3 314 23 1233 8
DSP 18 080 5 394 30 1826 10
Carer Payment 1 781 447 25 122 7
Newstart 16 221 9 053 56 1751 11
Austudy 1 504 1 025 68 132 9
Youth Allowance -Student 5 215 3 781 73 232 4
Youth Allowance – other 1 339 934 70 38 3
Parenting payment (single) 13 102 4 237 32 1475 11
Parenting payment (partnered) 1 619 475 29 72 4
Family Tax Benefit only 9 031 906 10 256 3
Other 784 470 60 94 12
All 83 289 30 036 36 7231 9

 

 

AUSTRALIA Current with $25pw increase
Total recipients Number in housing stress %in stress number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension 201,215 58,802 29 19,854 10
DSP 23,5851 74,054 31 25,373 11
Carer Payment 29,489 8,672 29 2,267 8
Newstart 211,765 135,482 64 21,139 10
Austudy 17,848 12,782 72 1,420 8
Youth Allowance -Student 65,431 50,065 77 3,656 6
Youth Allowance – other 15,050 10,807 72 488 3
Parenting payment (single) 166,160 62,870 38 16,303 10
Parenting payment (partnered) 27,896 12,809 46 1,789 6
Family Tax Benefit only 147,006 26,292 18 5,996 4
Other 12,821 8,235 64 1,472 11
All 1,130,532 460839 41 99,726 9

Source: calculations based on Senate Community Affairs Committee, Answers to estimates questions on notice Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Portfolio 2011-12 Budget Estimates Hearings Question No: 246 and Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2012, Table 16A.61

 

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Apr 17, 2012
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Nearly 5,000 people in the ACT need real Rent Assistance

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed that almost 5,000 people in the ACT who receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are in housing stress. That’s 54 per cent, of the 9,000 people in the ACT who receive this payment, higher than any other state or territory in the country.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that this shows just how desperately an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance is needed by people in the ACT.

“Thousands of people in the ACT are struggling with high housing costs. Rents in Canberra have risen at more than twice the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) in the last five years, which has been hard for low income families struggling to make the rent.

“An increase in Rent Assistance of just $25 per week would lift more than 700 ACT residents out of housing stress completely.

“More than 110 people – or 12 per cent of those receiving the Aged Pension who are currently in housing stress would be able to make ends meet if CRA was increased by this small amount.

“Housing costs are the single biggest household expense. Increasing Rent Assistance is the logical way for the Government to make an immediate difference and take some pressure off households.

“We’ll need further reforms to Rent Assistance to help all of those people, but an immediate increase in CRA is a good place to start,” Ms Toohey said.

AAH has called on the Federal Government to increase CRA by 30 per cent in the Federal Budget, an increase of between $16 to $25 per week, which would help almost 100,000 people nationally.

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 

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed

 

ACT CURRENT with $25pw increase
  Total recipients Number in housing stress %in stress Number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension   969   393 41 116 12
DSP  1 342   415 31 100 7
Carer Payment   85   38 45 6 7
Newstart  1 134   760 67 115 10
Austudy   236   181 77 17 7
Youth Allowance -Student  2 479  2 041 82 175 7
Youth Allowance – other   144   107 74 3 2
Parenting payment (single)   859   379 44 56 7
Parenting payment (partnered)   139   103 74 10 7
Family Tax Benefit only  1 762   472 27 124 7
Other   74   53 72 7 9
All  9 223  4 942 54 729 8

 

AUSTRALIA Current with $25pw increase
   

Total recipients

Number in housing stress  

% in stress

Number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension 201,215 58,802 29 19,854 10
DSP 23,5851 74,054 31 25,373 11
Carer Payment 29,489 8,672 29 2,267 8
Newstart 211,765 135,482 64 21,139 10
Austudy 17,848 12,782 72 1,420 8
Youth Allowance -Student 65,431 50,065 77 3,656 6
Youth Allowance – other 15,050 10,807 72 488 3
Parenting payment (single) 166,160 62,870 38 16,303 10
Parenting payment (partnered) 27,896 12,809 46 1,789 6
Family Tax Benefit only 147,006 26,292 18 5,996 4
Other 12,821 8,235 64 1,472 11
All 1,130,532 460839 41 99,726 9

Source: calculations based on Senate Community Affairs Committee, Answers to estimates questions on notice Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Portfolio 2011-12 Budget Estimates Hearings Question No: 246 and Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2012, Table 16A.61

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