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One in 10 homes must be affordable to end homelessness

With the housing crisis leaving many Australians without a place to live, there are calls for one in 10 homes to be affordable to help end homelessness. 

The national housing campaign, Everybody’s Home has recommended the 10 per cent target in its submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan, which is expected to be released next year.

Spokesperson Maiy Azize said currently only about four per cent of Australia’s total housing stock is social housing.

“The proportion of social housing in Australia has been falling off a cliff for years all while rents, housing stress and homelessness have shot up,” Ms Azize said.

“Renting has never been less affordable. 

“The number of available rentals has hit an all time low. 

“Housing stress has become the fastest growing cause of homelessness.”

Ms Azize said the Federal Government’s National Housing and Homelessness Plan must have a goal to end homelessness for good. 

“To end homelessness, Australia needs one in 10 homes to be social housing – homes that remain affordable for the people who need them most, when and where they need them,” she said.

“The private market simply won’t deliver the affordable homes that the nation requires. 

“We need 1 million public and community homes over the next 20 years to meet soaring demand.”

She said the Federal Government has the power to end homelessness in Australia. 

“Our federal leaders must deliver an ambitious national plan and back it with the required commitment and resources,” she said.

“More social housing is key but the plan must also address the drivers of homelessness, set national minimum rental standards, reform Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and outline mechanisms to reduce speculative investment and house price inflation.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a senior journalist at Elite Agent specialising in finance and real estate.