Australia has a once in generation chance to build social housing
National housing campaign Everybody’s Home is calling on the Government and Senate to strengthen the social housing fund before parliament.
Everybody’s Home spokesperson Maiy Azize said the Housing Australia Future Fund needed to be scaled up to match the scale of the crisis.
“Australia is facing a housing crisis that has never been more dire. Rents are surging, record numbers of Australians are in severe rental stress, and more and more people are being plunged into homelessness,” she said.
“We have a once in a generation opportunity to build up social housing. Australians in need expect the Government to take action.
“If the Government is serious about tackling this crisis, it should be scaling up the Housing Australia Future Fund to match the scale of the crisis we face. That means topping up its funding every year and uncapping the funding for social housing. That would get more badly needed dollars into housing and more homes built.
“We also need to make sure that this Fund actually delivers homes to the people who need them. That means making a binding commitment to build social homes, not just setting a target.
“Everybody’s Home is calling on the Government to strengthen this Fund to make sure it delivers for Australians – and work with the parliament to pass it.”