Local community housing provider welcomes national campaign and 5 point plan to fix broken housing system

20 Mar 2018

Local community housing provider welcomes national campaign and 5 point plan to fix broken housing system

Compass Housing has welcomed a new national campaign focused on delivering housing solutions for all Australians to fix Australia’s broken housing system.

The Everybody’s Home campaign will be launched at a National Press Club luncheon today.

 

More than 30 leading housing and social welfare organisations nationally have joined together to lobby the Federal Government in the lead up to the next Federal election to implement its five point plan for housing.

Compass Housing is one of the campaign partners. CEO Greg Budworth said the campaign builds on the work led by Compass Housing to create the Towards a National Housing Strategy document.

 

He said Compass will be playing its part, including encouraging people to sign a petition to ask the Government to turn the plan in to action.

“Australia’s housing system is broken but there are five things the Federal  government can do to make it work for everyone,” Mr Budworth said..

“A house is more than an economic asset: it’s security; it’s community; it’s a home,” he said.

“All housing problems are connected, whether you are a renter, homebuyer, or struggling to find a safe roof over your head, but there are solutions.”

The campaign includes video, social media, direct mail and lobbying aids to raise people’s awareness of the issues and enlist their support to challenge all political parties to rethink housing policy and embrace new models of development, ownership and support.

The campaign calls for action in five areas.

  1.  Support for first homebuyers - rebalance the tax system to make it fairer for ordinary Australians wanting to buy a home.
  2. More social and affordable rental homes – a National Housing Strategy to meet Australia’s identified shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable rental homes.
  3. A better deal for renters - get rid of “no grounds” evictions and unfair rent rises so that the one in three Australians who rent have the security they need to create homes, build lives and raise families.
  4. Immediate relief for Australians in chronic rental stress - increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance for the thousands of Australians who are struggling to pay the rent.
  5. A plan to end homelessness by 2030 – with a target to halve homelessness in five years - and end it in 10.

 

People are urged to join the campaign at www.everybodyshome.com.au.

 

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released Census data showing homelessness rates on the rise in the Hunter as well as nationally. Mr Budworth said in the Hunter there are around 6,000 people on the waiting list for social housing and thousands more people, including working people, experiencing housing stress.