Shelter WA, the peak body for social and affordable housing and homelessness in Western Australia, joined national peak bodies for housing and homelessness in Canberra on Tuesday 24 March for the National Day of Action (delegation pictured with Mr Matt Williams MP).
National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA), the Australian Council for Social Services (ACOSS) and the National Association for Tenants’ Organisations (NATO) convened the National Day of Action to address the housing affordability crisis and homelessness funding cuts in Australia. Shelter WA Executive Officer, Chantal Roberts said “while we welcome the Australian Government’s two year commitment to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, the National Day of Action is a timely reminder for politicians and the community that the housing affordability crisis issue has not been resolved in one step.” “Homelessness is the most severe consequence of the failure of Australia’s housing system, requiring a holistic and multifaceted response led by government to realise change.” Throughout the Day of Action, delegations from each of the peak bodies met with Ministers and members of Parliament to highlight the issues and policy positions of the national peak bodies, drawing on the key issues raised in the Affordable Housing Reform Agenda, released today. Ms Roberts added “the Day of Action was a great opportunity to engage directly with key decision makers in Canberra and underline our key positions in a meaningful way. We look forward to working with government at all levels to address Australia’s housing crisis in the long term.”