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Nov 7, 2011
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Seriously Housing Stressed in SA: The most stressed Regional towns revealed

Housing stress is not just an inner city problem, but extends to regional towns, where increasing numbers of South Australians are experiencing housing stress.

New research commissioned by AAH shows just where renters and home buyers struggle with high housing costs. Continue reading »

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Oct 27, 2011
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After the stimulus, affordable housing will decline

In the decade from 2001 to 2010 Australia grew by over 1 million households, but lost 5,308 social housing properties.

This is contributing to housing stress in the rental market, where one in four renters are in housing stress.

While the Federal Government’s Nation Building Stimulus gave a much-needed boost to social housing, this funding is set to run out next year.  Continue reading »

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Oct 26, 2011
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High housing costs force troubling trade offs

The high cost of housing is forcing families to make troubling trade-offs, including delaying having children because they can’t get into home ownership or secure rental housing.

Reports of house prices and economic fears driving Victoria’s fertility rate to the lowest in the nation indicate that the housing crisis has wide reaching ramifications.

The problem of housing affordability is indeed  a wide-reaching one.

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Oct 24, 2011
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New report on housing stress

New research shows that more than one in ten households face housing stress.

Australians for Affordable housing commissioned the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) to update rates of housing stress across the country.

The report, entitled Housing Costs Through the Roof: Australia’s Housing Stress shows how housing stress plays out in each state.

Nationally, 850,000 households  are at risk of financial hardship and poverty after paying for housing costs.

To download the full report, with statistics on each state, click the link below.

Housing costs through the roof

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Oct 20, 2011
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Housing costs are the single biggest concern for insecure workers

A survey conducted by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reveals that housing costs are the single biggest concern for workers in insecure employment, reinforcing the need for action on affordable housing.

I delivered a speech at the Anti Poverty Week Roundtable today hosted by the Australian Services Union Conference  examining the housing stress and financial hardship that insecure work and high housing costs can create.

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Oct 20, 2011
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Young people delaying home purchase puts pressure on the rental market

The State of Australian Cities 2011 report findings that show young people are staying in the family home or joining share houses shows just how unaffordable housing has become.

Housing must be considered as an important part of our infrastructure, and more supply in the low-cost rental market was imperative to improve housing affordability.

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Oct 19, 2011
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Rents push households to crisis point

Today we had the Victorian launch of the campaign where we revealed that high housing costs are pushing households to seek emergency relief services for the provision of basics like food parcels and bill payments.

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Oct 12, 2011
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A National Housing plan and a Federal Minister

In order to really address the lack of affordable housing in this country, we need a National Housing plan and a Federal Housing Minister to ensure a more balanced approach to affordable housing.

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Oct 11, 2011
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From one tax man to another – how about we fix this thing?

At last week’s Tax Forum, David Koch, once finance reporter, now better known as Sunrise’s Kochie, added his voice to the many speaking out against the tax loopholes that distort the housing market and push up house prices.

What struck me about Kochie’s statement was the example he gave of a TV advertisement which told investors to get into property and ‘let the taxman pay half’.  Hang on. Who’s the tax man? Wayne Swan?  No. We’re all the tax man.

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Oct 10, 2011
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New report shows social housing has strong benefits

A new social housing survey reports improved health, job prospects and education opportunities.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare survey collected information from households within both public rental housing and community housing.

– 54 per cent of respondents said that living in social housing had helped them, or members of their household, start or continue education

– 45 per cent said social housing had seen an improvement in their job situation.

For a summary of findings click here

To download the full report click here

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