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Nov 12, 2014
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Australian Council of Social Service – Poverty in Australia 2014

It is unacceptable that after 20 years of economic growth, our wealthy nation is going backwards in the numbers of people falling into poverty. As this report shows, most of this poverty is concentrated among the groups of people facing the most disadvantage and major barriers o fully participating in our community. These include people who are locked out of the jobs market, single parents, women and children, people with disabilities, the old, the young, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and migrants.

This report includes stories and written text from those who experience poverty as part of their daily lives – because ultimately, poverty is about the real experiences of those who are in it.

http://www.acoss.org.au/images/uploads/ACOSS_Poverty_in_Australia_2014.pdf

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Sep 2, 2013
joelpringle

WSHC receives reponses to housing questions

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 »

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Aug 29, 2013
joelpringle

New ABS figures highlight looming mortgage risks

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 »

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Aug 15, 2013
joelpringle

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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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. Continue reading »

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Jun 13, 2013
joelpringle

Defaulting on the Australian Dream

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.

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May 15, 2013
joelpringle

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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May 7, 2013
joelpringle

Final allocation of NRAS incentives announced, no plans for the future

Affordable housing campaigners are dismayed by the end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, with no commitment to its future.

“The final round of funding, announced today, will provide much needed low-rent housing. Australia has a critical shortage of low-rent properties.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.

“What was missing from Minister Butler’s announcement was a future for the program. Have we seen the final commitment to new affordable housing from this Government?” Continue reading »

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Mar 12, 2013
joelpringle

Report on workers and housing stress released

A fulltime salary is not enough to guarantee affordable housing, according to a report released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The report, launched by ACTU President Ged Kearney, shows that the housing crisis is hitting working Australians who traditionally would be looking at home ownership.

Home-ownership rates have dropped, and first home-buyer numbers are in decline. This is no surprise, when people who are working can’t afford somewhere to live without going into housing stress.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Feb 12, 2013
joelpringle

First home owners pushed out

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics release of housing finance data shows that first home buyers are being left behind in the housing market, according to Australians for Affordable Housing.

“The months leading into the end of 2012 saw a marked decline in the proportion of first home buyers, compared to other home sales. Recent falls in interest rates seem to have benefited investors, but have left first home buyers cold.” Said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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