Anglicare calls on new government to solve Australia’s housing crisis

Anglicare Australia calls for real action on housing as the ballot box countdown continues.

The rights organization is pushing for investment in 500,000 new social and affordable housing units across Australia to end the country’s deficit.

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Executive Director of Anglocare Australia Kasy Rooms says the housing crisis has reached “overexcitement”.

“No part of the country has been spared. Rents are exploding in cities and regions, and our cities have never been so expensive”, she says.

Ms Chambers said that to prevent vulnerable Australians from being left with nowhere to live, the new government must tackle the serious problem immediately.

“Investing in housing is the most powerful way to make the market more affordable and boost regional communities that are resilient after the pandemic and the floods.”

– Mrs. Chambers

Exasperated by the pandemic, many previous owners, who bought before 2020, now want to upgrade or own a vacation home and are selling their investment properties.

“As most of this stock has been purchased by owner-occupiers, this has reduced the overall supply of stock in the rental market,” said a real estate agent.

In addition, rental demand has shifted city centers to regional markets, where rental supply is already tight, driving up prices.

And despite the end of lockdowns, work-from-home mandates, along with improved online services, mean locals who would normally leave the country for the city to work and study, are staying happy locally.

Essentially, the need for more social housing is huge, with many solutions circulating, including the creation of a social housing developer or the free TAFE offer for trade and construction.

But with governments failing to address big issues such as housing affordability, only band-aid solutions such as homeownership programs or equity sharing programs will continue to be encouraged, rather than investments in larger systemic change.

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