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Aug 19, 2013
joelpringle

‘The problem with property’

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!

http://www.renewaustralia.org/2013/08/special-event-the-problems-with-property-forum-august-26th-loop-bar-melbourne/

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Jan 16, 2013
joelpringle

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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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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Apr 11, 2012
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Victoria’s south-eastern suburbs at housing affordability crisis point

High bankruptcy figures reported in The Age today and linked to mortgage stress are further evidence of the need for State and Federal Governments to immediately act to improve housing affordability in Victoria, and more broadly, across Australia.

The article, South-east worst hit by bankruptcy: Mortgage stress takes heavy tollreveals that Melbourne’s South-Eastern suburbs have the highest tally of bankruptcies in Victoria and can be attributed to ‘strong population growth and the high rate of new mortgages in the area’.

AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey said these figures were consistent with AAH’s Housing Stressed data and demonstrated that many people in Victoria’s South-Eastern suburbs were at breaking point.

“According to the AAH Housing Stressed data, 21 per cent of mortgage holders in the City of Casey, and 19 per cent in Cardinia and Frankston are in housing stress. High housing costs are taking their toll in these areas.

“While the South-Eastern suburbs have been highlighted as having the highest rate of bankruptcies, our data suggests housing stress is also a major factor in the outer western suburbs.

“Hume recorded the second highest rates with 26 per cent under mortgage stress. Brimbank and Melton were also high on the list with 29 per cent and 21 per cent of mortgage holders respectively in housing stress.

“These are areas where housing is supposedly affordable, but the reality is that costs are still too high for many households, particularly if they’re on a single wage, or have to run two or more cars to get around”

“We can’t keep letting households fall into financial crisis, just to get a roof over their heads. We need a National Housing Plan that is backed by the Commonwealth and every State and Territory Government. With the Federal and State Budgets fast approaching, it is the perfect time for the Government’s to act. 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
Housing stress – Australians for Affordable Housing local council league table* 

  Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name % Number % Number % Number
Greater Dandenong (C) 21 10236 31 4372 38 4868
Hume (C) 19 10872 26 6735 41 3347
Melbourne (C) 19 7629 18 1330 25 5449
Brimbank (C) 18 11484 29 6124 41 4377
Melton (S) 18 6496 21 4179 38 1995
Casey (C) 18 15135 21 9543 35 4711
Frankston (C) 18 9032 19 4050 37 4250
Maribyrnong (C) 17 5175 16 1575 31 2881
Cardinia (S) 16 4117 19 2304 35 1527
Wyndham (C) 16 8240 18 4645 33 3094
Darebin (C) 16 9144 16 2531 33 5264
Whittlesea (C) 16 7897 23 4454 36 2860
Moreland (C) 16 9385 17 2993 32 5303
Mornington Peninsula (S) 15 9107 20 4208 40 3981
Yarra Ranges (S) 14 7786 19 4627 38 2582
Hobsons Bay (C) 14 4789 17 1897 31 2289
Kingston (C) 14 7948 16 3340 32 3853
Glen Eira (C) 13 7386 13 2193 30 4628
Port Phillip (C) 13 6765 8 1062 20 4712
Maroondah (C) 13 5590 15 2412 32 2678
Yarra (C) 13 4805 7 682 20 2945
Monash (C) 13 8319 16 2904 32 4573
Knox (C) 12 7109 16 3896 32 2563
Stonnington (C) 12 5633 9 916 23 4035
Moonee Valley (C) 12 5338 13 1570 26 2586
Whitehorse (C) 12 7134 14 2597 31 3741
Banyule (C) 11 5323 14 2074 28 2415
Manningham (C) 10 4423 16 2108 32 1922
Boroondara (C) 10 6472 10 1776 25 4116
Nillumbik (S) 9 2024 13 1280 33 597
Bayside (C) 9 3385 10 1192 26 1708
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Mar 30, 2012
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“Critical” Public Housing System Demands Immediate Government Attention

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Federal and State Governments to immediately inject funding into the public housing system and develop a long term strategy, following the release of the Victorian auditor general’s report that labelled the systems situation as “critical”.


The Victorian auditor general’s report says the public housing sector is losing money, with costs 42 per cent higher than revenue. They report forecasts a $115.1 million funding black hole by 2015 and recommends the funding model be changed.

 

AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey said the report’s results were a wakeup call to the Federal and State Governments whose investment in the sector has declined significantly.

 

“The reality is, you cannot run a system without appropriate funding. The report’s finding that the system is in a “critical” state is not that surprising given the Federal Government’s spending in this area has declined by 41 per cent over the past 15 years.

 

“The Department of Human Services has failed to develop an over-arching strategic management plan to-date and must make this an immediate priority.

“This problem is not isolated to Victoria.  We’ve seen recent reports of a $300 million backlog in public housing maintenance in NSW, with residents reporting incidents of water running down walls, holes in the roof and cracked ceilings.

“We need the Federal Government to commit to an Affordable Housing Growth Fund, with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year from the 2013-14 Budget to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years,” 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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Mar 16, 2012
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Affordable housing key to a sustainable city

Good planning plus affordable housing equals a liveable city (The Age, Comment 16/3) offers a serious challenge to the Government to address housing affordability – and it comes well overdue.

Housing is the biggest cost of living issue in Australia, with one in ten households under housing stress. As Whitzman and Giles-Corti correctly note, it’s the search for affordable housing that’s pushed families to the edges of the city. While they say this issue goes beyond the supply of housing, it’s a central problem that cannot be ignored.

The Baillieu Government must heed this warning when developing its new metropolitan strategy and make sure Melbourne has a plan to deliver more affordable housing.

The Federal Government can help by creating a Growth Fund with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years, across the country, and the state government should match their fair share.

Housing affordability is not an easy fix, but it is not impossible. The time to address this worsening crisis is in the upcoming State and Federal Budgets and not a moment later.

By Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey

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

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Feb 22, 2012
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Further investment needed to help 20,000 homeless Victorians

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the Australian Medical Association’s Budget submission to the Victorian Government, calling for $2.8 million to provide 50 extra beds for homeless patients, but warned that the Government needs to do much more to address homelessness.

The AMA have recommended the State Government spend $2.8 million over the next four years so that homeless people who are discharged from hospital, have somewhere to sleep and aren’t using a hospital bed which may be needed by others.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said on any given night in Victoria, over 20,000 people are homeless.

“The AMA’s recommendation, if implemented by the State Government, would provide much needed support and assistance to those in crisis.

“However, this will only address one part of the problem. The reality is that the lack of affordable housing in Victoria means that people are continually cycling through the homelessness service system.

“The best way to address homelessness is to provide more secure, long-term affordable housing, and then make sure people have the help they need to stay housed.

 “In the long run it is much cheaper to provide long term housing than have people coming to emergency departments, just so they can have somewhere to sleep or because they’ve been injured or become sick from sleeping rough.

“The fact that doctors have identified this as a major issue – when their primary role is healthcare – is testament to the severity of this issue and the need for further State Government assistance,” Ms Toohey said.

 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

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Feb 8, 2012
admin

AAH on Channel 10 News Melbourne

On Hold: Borrowers struggling to cover the mortgage and household bills have had their hopes for relief dashed.

If you have a spare 2 minutes, we encourage you to watch this Channel 10 story on how homeowners are still feeling the pinch following the RBA’s decision to keep interest rates on hold.

It is great to see AAH data and comments from Sarah Toohey included.

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Dec 6, 2011
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Housing stress in regional Victoria revealed

The extent of housing stress across regional Victoria has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs according to new modelling commissioned by AAH.

“Housing is the single biggest cost of living pressure in Australia. When low-income households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs they are officially in housing stress. This means they have very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”.

Mildura is the hardest hit, with close to 20 per cent of households experiencing housing stress, Sarah Toohey, AAH Campaign Manager announced today.

“Renters are doing it even tougher than those with a mortgage. More than 45 per cent of renters in Mount Alexandra, Central Goldfields and Hepburn are experiencing housing stress,” Ms Toohey said.

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Dec 3, 2011
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Housing stress in Melbourne’s suburbs revealed

The extent of housing stress across Melbourne has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs in the heart of Melbourne, the outer suburbs and almost everywhere in between according to new modelling commissioned by AAH.

“Housing is the single biggest cost of living pressure in Australia. When low-income households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs they are officially in housing stress. This means they have very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”.

Greater Dandenong is the hardest hit, with 21% of households experiencing housing stress, and 19% of people in the Hume and Melbourne local government areas experiencing housing stress, Sarah Toohey, AAH Campaign Manager announced today.

“Renters are doing it even tougher than those with a mortgage. More than 40% of renters in Hume, Brimbank and the Mornington Peninsula are experiencing housing stress,” Ms Toohey said.

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