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Dec 18, 2012

Housing inaction forces families to rely on homelessness support

New government research has shown the continued high demand for homelessness services in Australia, and highlighted the need for the Government to address the causes of pressure on homelessness services, according to Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Dec 5, 2012

Cities infrastructure report shows under-investment in affordable housing

The State of Australian Cities report, released by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, on Tuesday 4 December 2012, highlights the extent to which Australians are being priced out of their cities. Failing to respond is to risk social dislocation and a deepening of the housing crisis.

“With this report we see more evidence of the severity of the national housing security and affordability crisis.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Nov 29, 2012

Australia second only to Hong Kong in housing unaffordability stakes

Australia is second only to Hong Kong for the cost of housing for the average household, according to an international survey of 325 housing markets.

The 8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has found that all major Australian housing markets are ‘severely unaffordable’, with Sydney and Melbourne coming, respectively, third and fourth most unaffordable cities in the world. Continue reading »

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Nov 15, 2012

Affordable Housing advocates welcome tentative steps towards new Homelessness funding agreement

Affordable Housing advocates have welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Minister for Housing, Brendan O’Connor, at today’s Press Club address that the Commonwealth has committed to one year’s interim funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, subject to matched funds from the states and territories, while a new longer-term Agreement is negotiated..

“ABS figures released this week have shown us that homelessness is on the rise, and we know that underinvestment in affordable housing supply has been a major reason for this” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Nov 15, 2012

Increase in Homelessness shows need for renewal of key Commonwealth – State funding agreements

New ABS data showing increases in Homelessness across Australia comes at a time of uncertainty for the funding of homelessness and affordable housing programs.

The key Commonwealth – State funding agreements, the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) and the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), are set to expire at the end of this financial year and funding for the National Rental Affordability Scheme is coming towards an end. The lack of commitment to extending the funding under these agreements risks exacerbating homelessness and housing stress. Continue reading »

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Oct 2, 2012

Rate cuts not the housing affordability cure

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates today will be welcome news for the 36 per cent of Australian households with a mortgage, however it won’t do much for the one in three households who are renting.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that the decision to cut rates by 0.25 per cent to 3.25 per cent wouldn’t necessarily help those striving to buy a home either.

“If interest rate cuts lead to house price increases, which many housing analysts suggest they will, many first home buyers will still find it hard to get in to the housing market. 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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Aug 8, 2012

To end homelessness…it takes a home

During National Homeless Persons Week, Australians for Affordable Housing is renewing calls for a National Housing Plan so that all Australians can get housing they can afford.

“Six in ten very low income renters are in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on rent. This means they are just one small financial crisis, a car break down or an emergency trip to the dentist, away from homelessness” said Australians for Affordable Housing campaign manager Sarah Toohey. Continue reading »

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Jun 29, 2012

Housing affordability falls further: COAG report shows Australian governments fail housing reforms

Australia’s state and federal governments need to go back to the drawing board on the National Affordable Housing Agreement with today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council report showing it is getting harder for many more households to put a roof over their heads. Continue reading »

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Jun 22, 2012

Rents and mortgages squeeze incomes: Census 2011

Data just released from the 2011 Census confirm what we already know: that rents and mortgages in Australia have grown faster than incomes, squeezing household budgets. Continue reading »



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