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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Rents in WA still largely unaffordable despite recent improvement

Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index reveals the ongoing depth and extremity of housing stress faced by moderate and low income renters in WA’s rental market, despite recent improvements to affordability due to the end of the mining boom.

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Shelter WA report highlights increasing risk of homelessness for WA Seniors

Shelter WA, as part of Seniors Week 2015, has launched new research that finds a growing risk of homelessness and extreme housing related stress among Western Australia’s aging population.

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Shelter WA Supports Housing Authority Social Housing Investment Package

Shelter WA welcomes the Housing Authority’s move to work with community housing providers and local governments with developable land to build new social housing dwellings as part of its $560 million social housing investment package (SHIP).

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Shelter WA welcomes 2015/16 State Budget $560M boost to West Australians in Housing Stress

Shelter WA welcomes the commitment from the Western Australian Government to provide $560 million over two years to develop 1,000 homes for seniors and families with children as part of the Western Australian Budget for 2015/16. 

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Senate Inquiry confirms Australian Housing Affordability Challenge

Shelter WA, the peak body for social and affordable housing in Western Australia, has welcomed the release of the Senate Economic References Committee’s final report following its in-depth inquiry into housing affordability.

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