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National Shelter’s five principles for redeveloping social housing

National Shelter media release — 21 January 2013  

Housing policy peak National Shelter has challenged governments planning redevelopments of social housing sites to adopt five principles.

Chairperson of National Shelter Adrian Pisarski said that National Shelter’s support for redevelopment of social housing sites, such as Fitzroy, was conditional on:

  • A net gain in social housing stock   
  • Clear communication plans to minimise confusion and fear for tenants
  • Meaningful consultation with social housing tenants and the broader

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

National Shelter media release — 8 January 2013

National Shelter has welcomed a KPMG report declaring the overwhelming benefits of social housing investment through the 2009 economic stimulus plan, as well as the economic boost to the building industry.

The $5.6 billion Social Housing Initiative was the single largest housing funding commitment in Australian history. The KPMG report showed that 19,700 new dwellings were constructed — exceeding targets by about 13 per

January 15th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Festive season stress for low-income households

National Shelter media release — 7 December 2012

Housing peak National Shelter is alarmed but not surprised by the most recent figures on housing stress, showing low-income households will suffer more than ever this holiday season.

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Housing assistance in Australia 2012, revealed that in 2010, 17% of all households were in housing stress, jumping from 14% in 1995.

The report also revealed that

Roundtable to tackle Tasmania’s affordable housing crisis

National Shelter media release — 21 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter is calling for the state and federal governments to commit to affordable housing solutions in Tasmania, at a roundtable to be held in Hobart tomorrow, 22 November 2012.

The roundtable, convening to discuss the future of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), aims to hear the different perspectives of government and non-government experts.

18,000 Tasmanian households are in housing stress.

November 21st, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Challenge accepted! Housing peak thrilled at states’ NPA commitment

National Shelter media release — 16 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter welcomes the commitment by states and territories to continue the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Homelessness for the next year.  

This commitment comes after today’s Select Council on Housing and Homelessness Ministers in Brisbane. 

The Select Council is comprised of federal minister Brendan O’Connor, and housing ministers from Australia’s states and territories.

Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, says he is

November 16th, 2012|Media Releases, Media Releases, Meeting Housing Needs, News|

Onus now on states to meet O’Connor’s homelessness challenge

National Shelter media release —  14 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter welcomes Minister O’Connor’s commitment to continue the National Partnership Agreement (NPA), on homelessness for the next year.  

This commitment comes ahead of the Select Council of Housing Ministers meeting in Brisbane on Friday, and firmly puts the focus on state government to match this commitment to ending homelessness in Australia.

The Select Council is comprised of federal Minister Brendan

November 14th, 2012|Media Releases, Media Releases, Meeting Housing Needs, News|

Launch of national housing priorities calls for national housing strategy

National Shelter media release — 30 October 2012

On the eve of the National Housing Conference, National Shelter calls on the federal government to develop a National Housing Strategy.

This is based on the release of National Shelter’s 2012 housing priorities publication, ‘Meeting housing challenges’, today at the National Shelter Council Meeting.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, says the publication showcases just how overdue a housing

October 30th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

TAAS services saved by federal minister

National Shelter media release — 3 October 2012

National Shelter congratulates the federal government for providing 3.3 million dollars to enable the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service to continue in Queensland.

In a statement today the Gillard Government announced they will provide emergency funding for the Queensland TAAS until June 2013.

The tenants’ services would otherwise have closed this month, after their funding had been cut by the state government in July.

Chairperson of

Renters miss out again! — in Reserve Bank interest cuts

National Shelter media release — 3 October 2012

National housing peak National Shelter says the greatest housing stress is experienced by renters who will not directly benefit from interest rate cuts.

Announcing its lowest cash rate since 2009, the Reserve Bank of Australia yesterday cut its interest rate by 0.25 per cent to 3.25 per cent.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that while first-home buyers and investors can breathe a sigh of

October 2nd, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Report proves we need more affordable housing

National Shelter media release —14 August 2012

National Shelter is concerned but not surprised at the latest ACOSS community sector survey report findings, and calls for more investment in affordable housing in response.

The report, released today, shows that what disadvantaged and low income Australians need most is housing:

  • Nearly 3 in 5 respondents listed housing among ‘high need' services of clients.
  • 81% say they cannot meet demand for their services.
  • 63% of respondents said
August 13th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter backs call for housing supply bonds

National Shelter media release — 31 May 2012

National Shelter, the peak council for affordable housing policy, has backed calls for an Affordable Housing Bond to galvanise institutional investment.

According to National Shelter, an instrument to secure investments is the missing link in the affordable housing picture.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, supports the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) assessment of $7 billion annual investment required:

‘Despite heroic government investment recently,

May 31st, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Housing stays in Cabinet where it belongs

National Shelter media release  — 2 March 2012  

Housing Peak National Shelter would like to welcome the Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP as the new Minister for Small Business and the Minister for Housing and Homelessness.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, welcomed the retention of a minister for housing in the Cabinet.

‘We are pleased that Housing and Homelessness has been retained in Cabinet as the issues require a high level government focus.’

‘It

April 10th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|