A home is the foundation stone for health, work, and family.
Yet, housing stress and homelessness are increasing across Australia because Government policies have resulted in surging costs and a shortage of affordable rentals. More social housing would provide security and stability to more Australians, while bolstering our common national prosperity. The alternative is an increasingly brutal financial contest for something that should be a basic right of citizenship – decent shelter.
Everybody’s Home has released its Budget Position Paper calling for an investment in 25,000 social housing dwellings annually.
Australians need more social and affordable housing to support the four in ten of us who rent. A secure home is the foundation of a stable family and a strong community. Take it away, and families are pushed into poverty and insecurity.
Worsening rental affordability is another consequence of COVID. We need the government to take action by building more social housing to fill the huge shortfall of affordable rentals.
By constructing 25,000 social homes we would generate an economic output of $12.7 billion, create 15,700 jobs and add $4.7 billion to GDP.