Insecure. Disruptive. Unaffordable. – The reality for many in WA’s private rental market

Two Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre reports released today found this is the reality for many people in Australia’s private rental market. Shelter WA contributed to a panel discussion at the launch of these two seminal reports.

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Prime Minister wrong on funding for Remote Housing

Recently, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, was asked about the future of funding for remote housing in WA. The Prime Minister suggested that housing was a State responsibility and that the agreement had been for a couple of years and that it had now ended.

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‘Housing Affordability’ is not the same as ‘Affordable Housing’

If we just look at the news headlines about housing becoming increasingly affordable in Western Australia, the news is not good for all Western Australians.

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Rents remain unaffordable for low income households in Perth, despite continued record improvement trend in affordability

Rents remain unaffordable for people on low incomes in Perth, despite a continued record improving trend in affordability, according to the May Rental Affordability Index (RAI).

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Shelter WA State Budget Media Statement

Shelter WA welcomes the State’s Social and Affordable Housing Package, but the reality is that it does not go far enough to provide the housing required for people who are experiencing homelessness or in housing stress.

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Shelter WA's Federal Budget Response

Shelter WA is disappointed not to see a single new major announcement regarding affordable housing or combating chronic homelessness, the need for more affordable and secure homes in our nation continues.

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Housing – An opportunity for budget repair

With just 10 days to go before the 2018/19 State Budget, Shelter WA is urging the State Government to recognise that investment in housing will deliver Budget repair, and result in better economic, health and education outcomes for the Western Australian community.

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ABS data shows homelessness touches us all

“The estimated number of people experiencing homelessness in Western Australia has remained persistent between the 2011 and 2016 Census, with over 9000 people experiencing homeless on any one night. These numbers remain unacceptably high,” said Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie. “As a community we can take major steps to end homelessness now.”

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Prime Minister must not walk away from Indigenous Housing

Withdrawal of funding by the Commonwealth, for the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) (a ten-year partnership to build and refurbish housing in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Australia) will have major detrimental consequences to the economic, social welfare, education, and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in these communities.

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More people using homelessness services demonstrates need for new Strategy

A new report released today reveals that there are more than 24,000 people in Western Australia accessing specialist homelessness services each year. 

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