Australia is facing a perfect storm of factors driving increased homelessness, with rents skyrocketing, a tight rental market making it much harder to find an affordable home, and the continuing scourge of domestic and family violence driving victim survivors into homelessness.
But homelessness can be solved. People at risk of losing their home, or who don’t have a home need:
- safe, appropriate and affordable housing
- enough income to manage the cost of housing and other essentials, and
- for some, support to gain or sustain their housing.
- Building 25,000 social housing properties a year
- Providing a housing guarantee to women and children fleeing family violence
- Providing homes and support to people who have been homeless multiple times to help them stay housed
- Providing young people who can’t live at home with the support they need to succeed
- Increasing JobSeeker to at least $70 a day and boosting Commonwealth Rental Assistance by 50 per cent