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Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

National Shelter media release — 1 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the National Housing Supply Council’s report released today, revealing Australian’s unaffordable housing issue continues to grow.

The report, Housing supply and affordability issues 2012–13, used the 2011 Census data, examining Australian households’ housing consumption and how it has changed over the last decade.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that the report demonstrates that Australians are changing their housing choices due to the lack of affordable housing options.

‘This is a reminder that affordable housing needs to be a priority, as well as a continued investment in social and affordable housing supply by government.

‘It shows that in the past decade, there has been a decrease in homeownership in major Australian capital cities, increase in overcrowded homes, more people living in marginal housing and becoming homeless.

‘The major cause of these changes, as stated by the National Housing Supply Council, is the lack of affordable housing.

‘Housing shortages are driving innovation, such as mixed-user developments leveraging the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

‘We applaud the solutions from government, including the Social Housing Initiative, which have demonstrated the effectiveness of investing in affordable housing.

‘The National Shelter policy platform insists on the delivery of an extra 200,000 social and affordable rental dwellings by 2021.’

Please see 2012 National Shelter Policy Priorities, Meeting housing challenges, for more policy recommendations.

For more information:

  • Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter Project Manager: 0402 927 243
  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203

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