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 is try to hide the problem by dismantling the National Housing Supply Council, slashing the National Rental Affordability Scheme and defunding the peaks which speak out on housing and homelessness. "
National Shelter welcomes the data the snapshot makes available as it shines a light on the fact there is virtually no housing available for women escaping violence, for young people and for the growing proportion of elderly renters.
"We need a national plan able to consider the best ways of building more affordable supply. The building sector is building more but virtually none will go to low income renters."
"Only the Commonwealth can drive the reforms needed including ensuring our tax breaks get the outcomes we need, utilising community housing organisations, leveraging finance from large institutional investors and investing in new public housing."