Proposed social rent models fail affordability test

 

National Shelte Media Release 15 September 2015

Affordable housing peak National Shelter has today released a report damning reform options under consideration by the Federal Government.

Proposals to move public housing tenants to market rents supported by Commonwealth Rent Assistance would place public tenants in housing stress with insufficient disposable income after meeting massive rent increases.

According to Shelter’s Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski “Public housing is there to protect vulnerable tenants who need the affordability provided by low rents.”

Across Australia public housing

2019-05-21T12:41:07+00:00September 14th, 2015|Media Releases, Media Releases, Meeting Housing Needs, News|

Voices of housing stressed converge on Canberra for National Day of Action

Released Monday 23 March 2014 

Housing and homelessness organisations will converge on Canberra for National Shelter’s National Day of Action on Tuesday 24 March 2015 calling on the Federal Government to live up to its responsibilities to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable housing.  

 

30 June 2015 looms large for  housing and homelessness peaks National Shelter, Homelessness Australia and the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA) who will lose the funding that allows them to voice the concerns of

Peaks essential to consultation processes

A Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia - Australia’s housing and homelessness peaks- called on the Abbott Government to make good on their promise to be more consultative by restoring funding to the peak bodies who provide a voice for vulnerable Australians.

Download - Peaks essential to consultation processes

Peaks essential to consultation processes

 

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia

Embargoed until 9am Wednesday 11 February 2015.

Australia’s housing and homelessness peaks have called on the Abbott Government to make good on their promise to be more consultative by restoring funding to the peak bodies who provide a voice for vulnerable Australians.

The housing and homelessness peaks Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA), Homelessness Australia and National Shelter were told just before Christmas that they would not

All National Shelter wants for Christmas is a robust civil society: instead there are funding cuts

 

23 December, 2014

As Scott Morrison takes the baton on the Social Services ministry, the Commonwealth has flagged a move away from funding housing and homelessness. 

In his last act at DSS Minister Andrews axed funding from research and peak bodies in the area.

On the eve of Christmas the Federal Government has tried to silence the voices of the vulnerable by reneging on contracts with peak bodies including National Shelter, the Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia.

National Shelter Executive Officer, Adrian

National Partnership on Homelessness audit report released

On 2 May 2013, the Australian National Audit Office released its report on the implementation of the National Partnership on Homelessness. The report found that despite the expenditure of over $1.1 billion by Commonwealth and state/territory governments under the national partnership, reaching the target of a 7 per cent reduction in homelessness by 1 July 2013 will be unlikely to be achieved. The report also noted that a payment structure in any longer-term homelessness agreement that is more closely related

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Submission on Housing Payment Deduction Scheme

23 April 2013

In our submission on the Exposure Draft Social Security Legislation Amendment (Public Housing Tenants’ Support) Bill 2013, we express our lack of support for the introduction to the Housing Payment Deduction Scheme. While the scheme implements a recommendation of the Commonwealth Government’s white paper on homelessness, The road home, we think that it unnecessarily and unfairly targets a very small proportion of households. Additionally, National Shelter recommends that all levels of government fund further preventative and capacity-building measures

Housing Payment Deduction Scheme proposal

On 11 April 2013, the Commonwealth Government released an exposure draft of a Bill to establish a Housing Payment Deduction Scheme. The proposed scheme provides for tenants of public housing and state-owned and managed Aboriginal housing who are in arrears or at risk of arrears to have their rent compulsorily deducted from their Centrelink benefits. The scheme aims to prevent evictions and possible homelessness, and to reduce the cost of managing arrears. The proposal is linked to an initiative specified

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Commitment to 2013–14 homelessness funding

On 28 March 2013, the Commonwealth Government announced that the states and territories had matched its pledge for a transitional funding arrangement under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for 2013–14 — with a total of $320 million, which includes a $76 million development fund for new accommodation arrangements. Previously, funding for projects under the National Partnership on Homelessness had been due to expire on 30 June 2013. The Commonwealth, state and territory governments are continuing to negotiate in relation

2019-01-24T14:48:54+00:00March 28th, 2013|Meeting Housing Needs, News, News|

Step forward with continued commitment to ending homelessness

National Shelter media release — 28 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the Australian Government, state and territories’ commitment to ending homelessness and their long-term investment in affordable rental housing.

Today the federal government announced Round 5 of the National Rental Affordability Scheme to be delivered in 2015–16.

Additionally, the states and territories matched the federal government’s pledge for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness with a total of $320 million for one year.

Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said that the federal,