MEDIA RELEASE - 30 April 2018
Anglicare rental affordability survey shows housing action needed for Hunter region
Responding to Anglicare’s latest Rental Affordability Snapshot the Greens have put forward their homes for all plan as the solution to the Hunter’s housing crisis.
The Anglicare survey has found there were no properties surveyed in the whole Hunter region that are affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance, even in a share house. Even for a single person with a minimum wage job, the picture is dire – only 10% of properties were affordable. For a single parent with two young children and associated tax benefits, only 24% of properties were affordable.
The Greens are working to build more social housing and strengthen renters’ rights, commented Australian Greens spokesperson for Housing, Senator Lee Rhiannon, and Greens NSW spokesperson for Housing, Jenny Leong MP.
Newcastle Greens councillor, John Mackenzie said, “The combination of building more social housing and providing renters with protection from greedy landlords, should be fast tracked to avert the Hunter homelessness crisis becoming worse.”
Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “It’s time to fundamentally shift Australia’s housing away from a for-profit system towards recognising housing as human right and providing homes for all.
“The Greens plan for a Federal Housing Trust would build 500,000 social homes which will guarantee affordability by charging rent as a proportion of income.
“With only 6% of rental properties being affordable to people on income support payments nationwide, it’s clear that we need to fund and build a bigger social housing program,” said Senator Rhiannon.
Jenny Leong MP said, “We also need to strengthen rights for renters in the private market.
“The Greens are working to end ‘no grounds’ evictions to give renters more security. We’ll also put a cap on the amount and frequency of rent rises to ensure renters aren’t exploited for excessive profit.
“There is a big opportunity now in the NSW parliament to end these injustices and give all renters some dignity and security in their homes,” said Jenny Leong.
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