Superannuation is not for home deposits, it’s for retirement.

Allowing Australians to access their superannuation funds, for a home deposit, is not only unsound economically, it could place young people at risk of living in poverty when they become seniors.

 

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Government must not miss the opportunity for real housing reform

Shelter WA is urging the Federal Government not to waste the chance to reform the tax treatment of housing, which would ensure more Australians could access affordable housing.

 

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Federal Government to support the development of social housing

The Federal Treasurer has signalled the May budget will have a range of policy measures designed to tackle housing affordability, both for renters and for first home buyers. This includes the possible creation of a new Affordable Housing Finance Corporation to inject hundreds of millions of dollars investment in community housing. 

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New research shows rental market issues for tenants

A survey conducted with more than 1,000 renters, throughout Australia, proves that many have little security of tenure and some households are living in poorly maintained housing, potentially detrimental to their health.

New data released by Choice, National Shelter and National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) shows more people are renting than ever before, and many face significant challenges in the rental market.

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Axing the National Affordable Housing Agreement will put struggling households further at risk

Shelter WA is deeply concerned with reports today that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) is to be axed in the May budget.

“The NAHA is an essential funding agreement for meeting the housing needs of low to moderate income earners in WA and around Australia. Without it, our social and affordable housing and homelessness crisis will get significantly worse.” said Stephen Hall, Manager of Communications and Engagement at Shelter WA.

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Political Parties Called On To Fix WA's Housing Crisis

The community services sector has called on all political parties to reveal their plans to address WA’s critical housing and homelessness issues before the upcoming state election.

This election, the community services sector has come together to launch a campaign which encourages people to ask ‘What If It Was Me?’.

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Shelter WA Political Forum

Housing affordability is being talked about right across the country, and yet there is a deafening silence about any housing policy in the lead up to next month’s State election.

As WA is now four weeks away from the election, the community deserves to know what our political parties plan to do to ensure all Western Australians can afford a home; as we know that secure housing enhances well-being, enables engagement in the community and facilitates economic participation.

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Innovative financing brings new opportunities for community housing

Shelter WA welcomes today’s announcement from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to make $250m available to community housing providers nationally.

This announcement from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation shows the application of an innovative financing model to increase the supply of environmentally sustainable social housing.

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Welcome move to address affordable housing crisis

Shelter WA has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, that the Commonwealth Government will establish a working group to investigate innovative ways to improve the supply and quality of affordable housing in Australia.  Chantal Roberts, Executive Officer of Shelter WA stated that “Shelter WA looks forward to working with the sector to maximise input into proposals from the Western Australian community through the public consultation process.”

 

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WA’s economic woes increase housing and homelessness pressures

The impact of WA’s economic woes on the ability of Western Australians to keep a roof over their head is becoming evident in a number of sources.

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