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Rental crisis illustrated by Anglicare snapshot

30 April 2015 

National Shelter calls for immediate action on rental crisis

Anglicare today released their annual snapshot which confirms how little available and affordable housing exists for low income households.

National Shelter supports Anglicare's call for a national plan to address the shrinking levels of public and private rental housing.

National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski said, "The Abbott Government has done nothing to address housing affordability especially for low income renters, it's time they acted"

Mr Pisarski added " all they have done

April 29th, 2015|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

February 10th, 2015|Media Releases, Media Releases, Meeting Housing Needs, News|

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

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Housing and homelessness peak bodies out in the cold at Christmas: and a very poor new year to follow for anyone struggling to house themselves

It’s not going to be a good Christmas for housing and homelessness peak bodies including the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA), Homelessness Australia and National Shelter.

All three of these peak bodies received news at the beginning of this Christmas week that they would not be funded beyond 30 June 2015. 

But this news

December 23rd, 2014|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

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

December 23rd, 2014|Media Releases, Media Releases, Meeting Housing Needs, News|

Housing & federalism – is it time to change direction

 

 

Housing and federalism – Is it time to change direction?

Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter

The Abbott Government has announced a Federation White paper to be completed in 2015. Its objectives are to clarify the respective roles of the states and the commonwealth and to ensure the future of the federation is better understood by citizens, reduces duplication, enhances governments’ autonomy, accountability and flexibility and supports growth and economic competitiveness.

National Shelter developed this paper to offer commentary and raise questions in

September 23rd, 2014|News|

Time to commit to action on housing affordability

22 August 2013

The peak housing advocacy organisation for low income Australians, National Shelter, today expressed deep concern that neither major party has addressed the greatest cause of financial hardship for very many Australian households – the lack of affordable housing.

“We are half way through the election campaign, and despite repeated calls across the community, neither Labor nor the Coalition have offered any direct affordable housing policies”, said National Shelter Chair, Adam Farrar.“There have been two leaders’ debates; but a deafening

August 28th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

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

May 2nd, 2013|Meeting Housing Needs, News, News|

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

April 12th, 2013|Meeting Housing Needs, News, News|

Round 5 for National Rental Affordability Scheme announced

On 28 March 2013, the Commonwealth Government made an announcement regarding the expansion of affordable rental housing supply under the National Rental Affordability Scheme. A Round 5 comprised of 10,000 incentives are to be made available (this round is to open on May 7 and close on August 6). Also, a round of 1,000 unallocated incentives are to be put back on the market (this round is to open on April 18 and close on May 22). Read the

March 28th, 2013|News|