ACOSS Calls on Government to Invest in Affordable Housing for the Long Term

ACOSS joins with housing peaks, including National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia, to express disappointment that $750 million has been cut from the stimulus budget for social housing.

“Australia needs a long term commitment and ongoing funding for affordable housing to meet a severe shortage of dwellings,” said Clare Martin, CEO, ACOSS.

“The construction of 19,200 new social housing dwellings and repairs of existing dwellings is a fantastic first step, but ongoing future funding is critical to ensuring tens of thousands of low income Australians have secure, affordable housing.”

“This is a big problem which needs long term planning and ongoing investment to meet demand. There is a shortage of 251,000 rental dwellings available for lower income families and individuals.”

“We congratulate state, territory and Commonwealth governments on progress so far to drive the housing dollars further. Every dollar is crucial to meet the growing need and we want to see future investment, not budget cuts, in new dwellings.”

“With 180,000 people on waiting lists for social housing around Australia, there is a vital need to ensure an adequate supply of social housing now and into the future.”

“It is important that these dwellings are energy efficient, located close to public transport, schools and other social infrastructure.”

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