National Shelter media release — 17 October 2011

In light of Anti-Poverty Week, National Shelter is stressing investment in affordable housing is key to relieving poverty in Australia.

One in 10 Australian households is currently experiencing housing stress and, on any given night, over 105,000 people in Australia are homeless.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said that while Anti-Poverty Week focuses on a range of service areas, affordable housing needs to be a priority.

‘House prices and rents have risen well above inflation. For people on low incomes, housing costs are consuming more of their income and leaving less for other essentials.’

‘For those already struggling with the day-to-day cost of living, these interest hikes or rent rises can be crippling.’

National Shelter believes that appropriate, accessible and affordable housing is the strongest solution to helping the lives of disadvantaged Australians.

‘All sorts of social and financial difficulties arise from families not being able to access appropriate and affordable accommodation.’

‘Lack of work options, access to public transport and infrastructure like doctors and day care to name a few.’

‘Community services, the federal government and private sector need to work together to build a sustainable affordable housing supply.’

National Shelter encourages all investors to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) as a sustainable solution to growing the nation’s affordable housing supply.

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email:

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: