Australians for Affordable Housing have today launched their goals and recommendations for reform.
Read the full report here.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Figures released today by the National Housing Supply Council show that Australia’s housing crisis continues despite steadying house prices. Continue reading »
Australians for Affordable Housing today welcomed the launch of the Property Council’s Make my city work campaign today, saying that the Property Council’s nationwide My City: The People’s Verdict report is further evidence of the need for State and Federal Governments to immediately act to improve housing affordability.
The survey of over 5,200 Australians asked respondents to judge their cities performance in 17 areas, including housing affordability.
AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey said the report’s results were a wakeup call to State and Federal Governments who have to date, failed to fix this worsening crisis.
“The Property Council’s research shows that nation wide, over 65 per cent of respondents believe that their city doesn’t have a good range of quality affordable housing.
“When asked a series of 17 questions on liveability, respondents ranked ‘there is a good range of quality affordable housing’ as the lowest, with just over one third of respondents agreeing to the statement.
“The situation is dire across the country, but particularly in Darwin, Sydney and Canberra where more than three quarters of respondents think that their city doesn’t have a good range of quality affordable housing and the fact is, they’re right. These are 3 of Australia’s most expensive places to buy or rent.
“Housing affordability will not improve unless there is serious Government action. We need a National Housing Plan that includes all levels of government, and everything they can throw at it.
“In this Budget the Federal Government can start by establishing an Affordable Housing Growth Fund, with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years.
“Every day Australians hear about the lack of affordable housing. The Government needs to get started on a solution,” Ms Toohey said.
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
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989 Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004 Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed
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