Shelter WA's research, policy development and advocacy, often in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders, has been successful in helping to ensure affordable accommodation and homelessness services are available for Western Australians. Examples include:
Securing State Government Investment in Social Housing
- Advocated for increased investment in social housing through Pre-Budget Submissions. The WA State Government committed $560 million to develop 1,000 homes for seniors and families in the 2015/2016 Budget.
Ensuring Continuation of Funding for Homelessness Services
- With state and national partners, contacted key politicians and developed a robust media campaign. The response from the Commonwealth and WA State Governments was to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) until 30 June 2017, committing to over $30 million for homelessness services in WA per year.
Influencing National Debates on Affordable Housing
- Provided a submission and evidence to the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing. The Senate Economics References Committee included many recommendations by Shelter WA in its final report, including appointing one Minister for Housing and Homelessness, replacing stamp duty with a broad-based land tax, and examining the impact of negative gearing and capital gains discounts on housing affordability.
Shelter WA Research Reports & Other Publications
- Seniors Housing Strategy Project - 2016
- Preventing and Responding to Homelessness in the City of Joondalup - 2015
- Peel Secure Housing & Employment Support Project - 2015
- Preventing Homelessness Among Seniors - 2015
- Shelter WA Advocacy Snapshot - 2015
- How can council air space be developed into affordable housing for the aged and disabled? - 2014
- The Impact of FIFO on Housing Affordability in WA - 2013
- Shelter WA Disruptive Behaviour Management Strategy Community Forum Report - 2013
- Local Government Guide to Developing an Affordable Housing Strategy - 2012