The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to establish a $10 billion social housing fund to address the chronic shortage of safe, affordable housing in Australia.
Speaking during National Homelessness Week last week, Vinnies chief executive Toby oConnor said a national housing strategy is needed to address the shortfall of over 400,000 dwellings nationally.
“Such a strategy will bring consistency, commitment and accountability to tackling housing stress and homelessness in Australia,” Mr oConnor said.
“The Commonwealth Rent Assistance Scheme has fallen behind average rents over the past two decades. It should be increased by at least 30 per cent and appropriately indexed.
“In the face of unprecedented projected unemployment, all governments must work to urgently address chronic housing shortage, rental stress and homelessness which have been on the rise for the last two decades but will escalate as the impact of COVID-19 deepens.
“Such a move will stimulate the economy and provide homes for thousands of people, many of whom have lost or will lose their livelihood overnight.
“Access to safe, secure, affordable housing is widely recognised as a vital determinant of wellbeing – it is associated with better outcomes in health, education and employment, as well as economic and social participation.”
Vinnies calls for urgent nation-wide investment in social housing (St Vincent de Paul Society)
Housing development ahead of schedule: Homelessness Week in Tasmania (CatholicCare Tasmania)