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August 1, 2022
Australia can end homelessness within a decade under a practical and ambitious new plan designed to guide the Albanese government.
Homelessness Australia will on Monday launch its major report ‘A Plan To End Homelessness’ in Canberra to coincide with Homelessness Week, which runs from August 1 – 7.
Housing is at the centre of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis.
As rents rapidly rise and the cost of living races ahead of people’s incomes, the need to do more to avoid homelessness is more vital than ever.
A Plan To End Homelessness sets out clear actions needed to:
Homelessness can be solved through providing more safe and affordable housing, ensuring people’s incomes allow them to afford housing and other essentials, and providing support where needed for people to get into and sustain a home.
Key recommendations in the report include:
Homelessness Australia chair Jenny Smith said the Federal Government should use this clear plan now before them to end homelessness after committing to develop a national housing and homelessness plan before the election.
“We don’t have to take homelessness for granted – we can end it within a decade,” she said.
“Housing is at the forefront of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis which is pushing more and more people into homelessness. Rents are skyrocketing while we have a social housing shortfall of 433,000 properties.
“While the situation is dire, the challenge is not insurmountable. That’s why we’re releasing a plan to cut rental stress in half within five years and end it for good by 2032.
“We can end homelessness for women, children, young people and Indigenous Australians, and dramatically reduce the number of people returning to homelessness services.
“Building more social housing, investing in affordable rentals, lifting JobSeeker and raising Commonwealth Rent Assistance are critical to this plan.
“We urge the Albanese government to use Homelessness Australia’s report as its basis when following through on its commitment to a national housing and homelessness plan.”
Key facts in the report:
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