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MEDIA RELEASE: More community housing critical as rental stress grows in NSW

More community housing critical as rental stress grows in NSW

Growing rental stress across NSW highlights the urgent need for action from all levels of government to create more social and affordable housing for local communities from the Tweed to the Riverina, the state’s peak not for profit housing body said today.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said Anglicare’s 2018 Rental Affordability Snapshot released today shows that chronic rental stress has spread its tentacles to almost every area of the state.

“It’s no surprise that yet again there is not a single property affordable for a young family on a minimum wage or government support to rent within 20km of Sydney’s CBD,” Ms Hayhurst said.

“However today’s report from Anglicare shows it’s biting hard in regional areas from the Far North Coast right through to the Northern Tablelands and the Riverina. Even in towns like Tamworth, Wagga and Goulburn a job seeker on Newstart cannot find a single affordable place to rent while they look for work.”

Ms Hayhurst said waiting lists for social housing are up to a decade long in more and more areas of NSW.

She said the state’s community housing sector is ready to grow to meet demand but needs planning reforms and a commitment from all levels of government to afacilitate this growth.

“We need more affordable rental options for households struggling everywhere in our state, particularly people with disability, aged pensioners, job seekers and families struggling to keep a roof over their heads on a minimum wage,” Ms Hayhurst said.

“Our community housing providers already own and manage more than 35,000 properties in 115 council areas of NSW, providing affordable rent, care and support for our tenants and a range of high quality housing models for people in housing stress.

“Councils like Shoalhaven are beginning to develop affordable housing strategies for their local communities. We really need the State Government to release a comprehensive Housing Strategy for the whole of NSW that spells out exactly when, where and how we can deliver the social and affordable housing our local communities need, wherever in NSW they live.

“The Federation will continue to work with local councils, the NSW Government and Opposition in coming months to make it happen.”

The 2018 Everybody’s Home Affordable Housing Conference on June 27 and 28 will highlight the current and growing shortfall of accessible and affordable housing in Australia.

Media contact: Jenny Stokes 0407 504 280

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW community housing sector joins national campaign to fix our broken housing system

NSW community housing sector joins national campaign to fix our broken housing system

The state’s peak not-for-profit community housing body today joined hundreds of a community, housing, and homelessness organisations in calling on all political parties to support a plan to fix Australia’s broken housing system.

NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said housing stress is affecting local communities in Sydney and NSW more than any other part of Australia.

“The price of our state’s booming economy is that our house prices are continuing to soar in most parts of NSW, which means that rents are and homeownership realistically is now beyond any worker on a lower income or even average wage,” Ms Hayhurst said.

“Homelessness in NSW grew by 37% in just five years and is now the worst in the country, with more than 60,000 people in need of a safety net waiting for social housing.

“We need the NSW Government and the Federal government to work with the community and housing sectors to really fix our housing system for everyone – from renters, to home buyers to people struggling to find a roof over their head.”

Ms Hayhurst said Everybody’s Home has outlined five key measures for make sure everybody in NSW has a home.

Analysis for Everybody’s Home found that Australia will need 500,000 social and affordable homes by 2026 – many in NSW.

She said the state’s growing not for profit community housing sector was critical part of the solution.

“One of the biggest causes of homelessness in NSW is the lack of social and affordable housing. Too many renters are struggling in the private rental market and need affordable options. And many first home buyers can’t save for a deposit if they are paying private rents they simply cannot afford.

“We need to set out a clear National Strategy as they have in Canada for how we can meet growing need for affordable rental homes for nurses, aged care workers, and other vital people essential to keeping our local communities running.

“Government support, beyond increasing supply is absolutely critical. At a state level we need action through Inclusionary zoning and affordable housing target and incentives to trigger private and not for profit investment into affordable housing.”

Find out about the campaign at www.everybodyshome.com.au

Media contact: Jenny Stokes 0478 504 280

MEDIA RELEASE: New polling shows 2 in 3 Australians want action on housing

Federal and state governments are failing the test of providing secure, affordable housing with two in three Australians saying all political parties must do more to address housing affordability. The polling has been released to coincide with the housing, homelessness and community sectors uniting in Canberra today to launch a new national campaign aimed at rebalancing the housing system for ordinary Australians. Key points from poll: • 62% of Australians think the Federal Government is not doing enough about housing affordability • 60% think the Opposition needs to do more • 49% of Coalition voters believe the Federal Government is not doing enough, and • 57% of Labor voters believe the Opposition should do more.

Everybody’s Home campaign Spokesperson, Kate Colvin said housing affordability is clearly a critical issue that all parties were failing to address. “Making sure everyone has a home is a top order priority for Australians but it is not matched by action from our political leaders. That needs to change,” Ms Colvin said. “Genuine home buyers are missing out to people building investment portfolios. Growing competition for rental properties is driving up prices and rental insecurity. “There’s a chronic shortage of social and affordable rental options, and it’s causing record levels of homelessness. “Both the major parties have a very poor report card when it comes to housing. The Everybody’s Home campaign will make sure they have no choice but to start taking genuine action instead of more thought bubbles and piecemeal measures.

“We need to address the entire housing system to make sure every Australian has a safe, secure roof over their head whether they’re buying, renting or at risk of homelessness.” Everybody’s Home will launch at the National Press Club in Canberra today. It aims to unite Australians behind a real focus on solutions that will ensure everybody has the security of a home. In the lead up to the Federal Election the campaign will roll out a roadmap for how we can fix every part of our housing system – from redressing the balance for home homeowners to triggering large scale investment from superannuation funds in affordable rental homes.

Media enquiries: Jenny Stokes 0478 504 280