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.
Shelter WA is seeking a commitment from State political parties to demonstrate how they would take the meaningful action to tackle one of WA’s biggest problems – lack of affordable housing, so politicians have been invited to a forum on February 9.
We are keen to hear what policies each party intends to put in place if they win the election in March this year. To assist our members, and the sector, to determine the policies of each political party to address current housing and homelessness issues, Shelter WA will be hosting a Political Forum. A representative from each of the parties has been invited to respond to questions relating to their policies in these areas.
“Building more well located, affordable housing will stimulate our weakening economy, while also meet the housing needs of low income households,” Shelter WA spokesman Stephen Hall said.
Political Forum details:
WHEN: February 09, 2017 at 9:30am - 11:30am
WHERE: Ground Floor Conference Room
33 Moore St, East Perth, WA 6004
- At December 31, 2016, there were 17,997 applications on the public housing waiting list, of which 1,955 were priority listed. Source: WA State Govt Media Release
- In 2015-16, 38% of clients accessing specialist homelessness services sought assistance as a result of experiencing family and domestic violence. Source: WA State Govt Media Release
- Shelter WA is Western Australia’s social and affordable housing peak.
- The latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2017 shows that Perth, WA is one of the world’s (twentieth) most expensive cities. http://www.demographia.com/dhi.pdf pp 18
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