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Dec 13, 2011
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Australians For Affordable Housing welcomes appointment of federal cabinet Housing Minister

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the appointment of the Honourable Robert McClelland MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness in the Gillard Government and said it was a win for those Australians in housing stress.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said housing was the biggest cost of living issue in Australia and the appointment of a Housing Minister was a positive step towards reducing the housing stress felt by thousands of Australian families.

“The inclusion of a single Housing Minister in the Federal Cabinet, responsible for all Commonwealth housing policies and programs, is something we have been advocating for and we’re hopeful that this demonstrates that the Gillard Government is making housing affordability in Australia one of its top priorities.

“We would like to congratulate Minister McClelland on his new appointment and applaud the Government for prioritising housing affordability and putting it back on to the national agenda.

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Dec 6, 2011
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Interest rate cut delivers no joy to renters. More needed to deliver affordable housing

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates by 0.25% to 4.25% is welcome news for the 36% of Australian households with a mortgage, however it won’t do much for the 29% of households who are renting, or the 32% who own their home outright.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that the interest rate decision wouldn’t help those striving to buy a home either.

“Mortgage repayments are a function of interest rates and how much people have to borrow, so interest rates are only half the picture. The fact is that people have to borrow more just to get into the housing market. Governments need to look at the structural problems that drive up house prices.” said Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.

“According to data from  the Reserve Bank of Australia, households are paying more of their income on housing interest payments now than they were back when interest rates were at 17%. That’s because households have had to borrow more to get into the housing market”.

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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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Nov 23, 2011
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Sydney housing stress soars. Top 5 housing stressed suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Sydney, and the top five housing stressed council areas.

New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Sydney Local Government areas where renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs – and the figures are dire.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that people in Auburn suffered most with 28% experiencing housing stress, while Fairfield had the highest proportion of people experiencing both mortgage stress (34%) and private rental stress (51%).

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Nov 15, 2011
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Wake up call to governments – the time for action is now

Australians are missing out on affordable housing according to the COAG Reform Council’s report released today.

We at AAH think it’s time for action.

Commonwealth, States and Territories must redouble their efforts to deliver affordable housing programs given the COAG Reform Council indication of a significant failure to deliver on promised commitments in critical areas of housing. Continue reading »

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Nov 9, 2011
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Melbourne’s growth corridor ought to be part of a National Affordable Housing plan

The Baillieu Government’s plan to house 1 million more people on the outer fringe gives cause for concern, as relying on expansion of cities as a sole strategy to achieve affordable housing is a recipe for disaster.

Pushing cities further out means putting people ever further from the major job centres, and creates a massive infrastructure deficit, particularly for public transport, that simply won’t be funded by developers. Continue reading »

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Nov 9, 2011
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Hobart under significant housing stress: the most stressed Hobart suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing called on Tasmanians to join the campaign for more affordable housing as it launched in Hobart today, revealing which councils are hit the hardest by housing stress.

New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Hobart council areas where both renters and home purchasers struggle with high housing costs. Continue reading »

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Nov 9, 2011
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Northern Tasmanians under housing stress: The most stressed towns revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on Tasmanians to join the campaign for more affordable housing, revealing which local council areas across the state are hit the hardest by housing stress.

New modelling commissioned by the campaign shows the Northern Tassie towns where housing stress is affecting with renters and home buyers alike. Continue reading »

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Nov 7, 2011
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Seriously housing stressed in SA: the most stressed Adelaide suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging South Australians to campaign for more affordable housing as it launches new data on where housing stress is hitting Adelaide the hardest.

New research commissioned by the campaign shows the suburbs where both renters and home purchasers struggle with high housing costs. Continue reading »

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