Shelter WA, in partnership with the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, hosted an Emergency Roundtable to discuss the impact of the ending of the moratorium on people in the private rental market.
This letter appeared in The West Australian on Sunday, 8 November. It is written by Michelle Mackenzie, the CEO of Shelter WA.
This year has been particularly devastating for the jobs market. The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic shutdowns required to manage community transmission have resulted in a steep rise in unemployment and underemployment.
Shelter WA responds to Perth’s median rent rise and the impact it will add to the housing system.
The interest and principle payments that Western Australia pays to the Commonwealth each year on the debt is twice the funding that WA receives each year for specialist homelessness services.