The social and affordable housing policy announced by Federal Labor is a solid start to giving people on low and modest incomes greater housing options as they grapple with a runaway housing boom, according to Everybody’s Home, the national campaign against homelessness.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has committed to a $10 billion dollar fund from which the earnings would finance 20,000 social and 10,000 affordable homes over four years. Critically, the fund would exist in perpetuity, providing a sustainable funding base to give more Australians greater housing options.
“This is a very solid start,” said Kate Colvin, spokesperson for Everybody’s Home. “While this won’t meet the full housing needs of low and modest income Australians, it does lay down a sustainable foundation.
“Booming house and rent prices are driving many Australians to desperation, especially in regional communities. Expanding social and affordable housing means greater choice and relieves pressure.
“It is noteworthy that Federal Labor recognises the important role for the Commonwealth in social and affordable housing. The states simply can not solve the rising problem of housing stress and homelessness without the Commonwealth’s financial firepower.
“The commitment to devote one-fifth of these homes to women and children escaping violence also deserves recognition. Demand for such housing is simply not being met. Last year, one-third of the 54,000 women and children escaping family violence who came to homelessness services needing accommodation had to be turned away because no accommodation was available.
“Social and affordable housing need to be recognised as entirely legitimate housing options. All of us need a home to protect our health, look after families and aspire to stability and prosperity.
Kate Colvin +61 418 103 292
Nick Lucchinelli 0422 229 032