Shelter WA attended the State Recovery Advisory Group meeting which refreshed collective understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 and how these will continue to evolve into 2021.
We highlighted the ongoing economic and social impact of housing insecurity on people, with a particular focus on the pressures on social housing and private rental market. The issue of housing supply and maintenance on remote Aboriginal communities was also raised.
WA is facing a perfect storm.
With over 15,000 people on the wait list for social housing, a rental vacancy rate below 1% and at forecast unemployment an additional 5,600 rental households expected to be jobless by the end of December 2020, the social and affordable housing system is at breaking point. The ending of the residential tenancies moratorium will lead to more people in rental stress, particularly as savings run out and JobSeeker an JobKeeper ends.
The loss of homes to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), means 618 fewer affordable rental homes in the next two years, putting further pressure on affordable rental supply. Housing insecurity is impacting on people’s health, mental health, safety, ability to find employment and family stability. We pressed for government to increase investment and review policy settings, and to harness the community housing sector to increase social and affordable supply.
Shelter WA has developed a suite of policy and investment solutions for government and industry consideration and we will continue to prosecute this case.
Further information on recovery can be found at https://www.wa.gov.au/government/wa-recovery
Further information on the advisory group can be found at (link coming soon)