The WA government has announced that the $22M of unspent funds remaining in Residential Relief Grants Scheme will be re-purposed to provide landlords with direct one-off payments equivalent to 75 per cent of the accrued rent arrears incurred during the emergency period, up to a maximum of $4,000.
The State Emergency Relief Committee requested that WACOSS convene a group to provide support to providers as they navigate people in the lead up to the ending of the emergency period.
With the end of the looming moratorium we need a commitment from government to support people to stay in their homes.
Commitment needed to spot purchasing at least 2,000 homes for rent over the next four years.
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.
This letter appeared in The West Australian on Thursday, 5 November. It is written by Michelle Mackenzie, the CEO of Shelter WA.