Anglicare reiterates plea for national housing plan as election nears

Urges increased stock of affordable housing and halving of homelessness in nine years

June 21 2016Anglicare Australia has reiterated its call for a national plan to increase the supply of affordable housing and to halve homelessness by 2025, with the Federal Election campaign in its final fortnight.

“The evidence of a crisis in the supply of low cost rental housing is overwhelming,” Anglicare’s Executive Director, Ms Kasy Chambers, said on 21 June.

“Research released yesterday on the link between unaffordable rental housing and disadvantage again underlines the need for a national plan.

“Housing that is simply too expensive for people trying to make do on very low incomes is one of the factors that pushes people into homelessness, and the shortage of suitable housing makes it hard for people to exit homelessness services as well.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the ALP and Greens announce a number of policies and initiatives to increase the supply of appropriate housing and aim to halve the number of homeless people.

“People are already voting in this election, but the Coalition parties and the Xenophon team are yet to put their plans on the table.

“The shortage of affordable housing for people on low incomes is undermining the wellbeing of us all.

“And that’s too big a challenge to remain the province of one party or another. Whatever the result of this election, we need national plan.”

In May, as confirmation of the 2 July double dissolution election neared, Anglicare Australia joined the other largest providers of homelessness services across Australia – Mission Australia, the Salvation Army, the St Vincent de Paul Society, UnitingCare Australia and Wesley Mission – in urging all political parties to make reducing homelessness a national priority. The organisations also launched a petition to generate public support for the campaign.

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