Published: 04 September 2013
Date:28/08/2013Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA)
MEDIA RELEASE – 28 AUGUST 2013
The national peak body representing not-for-profit housing providers has called on both the major parties to release their housing policies.
“There are currently 225,000 people on social housing waiting lists nationally,” said Carol Croce, Executive Director of the Community Housing Federation of Australia. “People are paying unaffordable rents and often living in severe overcrowding in the private rental market. Access to affordable housing has been identified as is the single biggest area of unmet need for clients of welfare organisations”
With only one and a half weeks left to go before the Federal election, the major parties have been conspicuously silent on the subject of housing,” said Ms Croce. “The Greens are the only political party to have released a housing policy, which includes a set of costed initiatives aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing and relieve pressure on renters.
“In the 2007 election campaign Kevin Rudd called housing affordability a ‘barbecue stopper’, and released a comprehensive policy platform aimed at tackling the issue. This included the National Rental Affordability Scheme, which has thus far delivered 14,575 affordable rental dwellings, with another 23,884 dwellings in the pipeline. At this stage we don’t have a commitment from either party on the future of the Scheme. This is very disappointing.”
In the last week the Property Council of Australia, Australians for Affordable Housing, and CHFA have all released election platforms. ACOSS, Homelessness Australia, and National Shelter have all previously released election platforms with a focus on housing issues.
“Tonight’s debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott in Rooty Hill will give both leaders an opportunity to tell the Australian public how they will address Australia’s housing affordability crisis and provide relief to the hundreds of thousands of people that are experiencing housing stress in Australia”.
Contact: Carol Croce Executive Director, Community Housing Federation of Australia 0402 017 557