» Government payments have been too low for too long
Welfare increases have given many Australians badly needed relief – but the private rental market is still failing people on the lowest incomes.
Age pensioners and people with disability have been left out altogether. They are at the very bottom of the market. Instead of looking after for them in the midst of a health crisis, we are leaving them to the mercy of the market.
If rates are halved in December – and if those who are most vulnerable are left out – people will be pushed even deeper into poverty and homelessness.
» Not enough affordable rental homes
Australia’s affordable housing shortfall is massive. The Everybody’s Home campaign has shown we need 500,000 new affordable and social rentals across Australia.
For years, we have failed to invest in homes for people who need them most.
» Renters have been left out and left behind
Across the country, we’ve heard stories from people who are losing their jobs and seeing their hours cut back. Incomes are drying up. Many people are losing their jobs and some are at serious risk of losing their homes.
Earlier in the year, State and territory leaders agreed to a ‘moratorium’ on evictions – but in most parts of the country, renters were still being evicted. We have stories from frontline services trying to help people who are being evicted with nowhere to go. Tenants have even been evicted from public housing in the midst of a national health emergency.
None of the Federal Government’s stimulus or assistance packages have helped renters. They have been left out and left behind.
» Too many people are sleeping rough
More than 8,000 Australians are sleeping rough. They are especially vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic.
People sleeping rough desperately need emergency accommodation, now more than ever.