Housing supply: media releases

Report proves we need more affordable housing

National Shelter media release —14 August 2012

National Shelter is concerned but not surprised at the latest ACOSS community sector survey report findings, and calls for more investment in affordable housing in response.

The report, released today, shows that what disadvantaged and low income Australians need most is housing:

  • Nearly 3 in 5 respondents listed housing among ‘high need' services of clients.
  • 81% say they cannot meet demand for their services.
  • 63% of respondents said waiting times for their service have increased.
  • There were 303,713 instances of service provision, but 20,496 instances (8%) of people turned away or 56 people turned away each day from services responding to the survey.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said the results highlight the need for ongoing investment in affordable housing programs:

'This is not news to the community sector: many services, including welfare services, report housing shortages as their greatest challenge.'

'But this survey confirms the figures that show up to one million households are in housing stress.'

'Commonwealth and state governments need to build on the past five years of investment by continuing their commitment to programs like the National Rental Affordability Scheme.'

National Shelter also believes this report demonstrates the reason why the Queensland Government should reinstate funding for tenancy services.

'Queensland has the highest rate of rental stress. Considering the ACOSS report shows housing is an issue in all states, the Newman government needs to act on this issue, fast.'

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: eo@qshelter.asn.au

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: comms@qshelter.asn.au

National Shelter backs call for housing supply bonds

National Shelter media release — 31 May 2012

National Shelter, the peak council for affordable housing policy, has backed calls for an Affordable Housing Bond to galvanise institutional investment.

According to National Shelter, an instrument to secure investments is the missing link in the affordable housing picture.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, supports the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) assessment of $7 billion annual investment required:

‘Despite heroic government investment recently, we are still losing social housing market share and governments alone may never be able to finance the required investment.’

‘The current tax arrangements favour individual investors over institutions, but only institutions can provide the scale required.’

‘We have trillions of dollars of Australian super not being used to fix our own housing shortage; this proposal is a vital element.’

The bond proposal, referred to today in the Australian Financial Review, adds value to the current reform agenda utilising not-for-profits to develop a range of housing types.

These include the National Rental Affordability Scheme and capital from the social housing stimulus investment, to transform a broken public housing system.

‘We need to return our affordable housing sector to a viable footing and let loose the creativity and vigour of the NFP sector and solve this massive problem.’

We receive calls daily from those failed by the market yet not able to secure property in the public system, and we will all suffer the cost in the long run if this issue remains unresolved.

‘Institutional investment, continued government investment and system reform are required urgently to offer hope to the hundreds of thousands on wait lists or impoverished by crippling rent.’

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: eo@qshelter.asn.au

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: comms@qshelter.asn.au

 

Housing stays in Cabinet where it belongs

National Shelter media release  — 2 March 2012  

Housing Peak National Shelter would like to welcome the Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP as the new Minister for Small Business and the Minister for Housing and Homelessness.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, welcomed the retention of a minister for housing in the Cabinet.

‘We are pleased that Housing and Homelessness has been retained in Cabinet as the issues require a high level government focus.’

‘It is encouraging to see that National Shelter’s long-held position, which is that housing belongs in the Cabinet, is also the view of the federal government.

‘We look forward to working with Minister O’Connor to tackle Australia’s affordable housing and homelessness challenges.’

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: eo@qshelter.asn.au

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: comms@qshelter.asn.au

 

Julia’s reshuffle: keep housing minister in the Cabinet

National Shelter media release — 28 February 2012 

Housing peak National Shelter urges Prime Minister Gillard to maintain a Cabinet minister with responsibility for all housing programs.

Last December, National Shelter welcomed the decision to appoint Robert McClelland, MP, as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness within the Cabinet.

However on the eve of a potential reshuffle, National Shelter stresses that the title of Housing Minister needs to stay in Cabinet — whoever takes on the portfolio.  

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, is pleased the Labor Government has taken a front foot on housing, and is hopeful good work will not be undone.

‘It is encouraging to see that National Shelter’s long-held position, which is that housing belongs in the Cabinet, has been acted on by the federal government.’

‘It is my hope that regardless of current internal party politics, housing will still be heavily weighted in the Cabinet.’

‘Prime Minister Gillard is right, it’s time to move forward — let’s not undo the good work that has been done in the meantime.’

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: eo@qshelter.asn.au

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: comms@qshelter.asn.au

 

Changes in ministry: housing in Cabinet where it belongs

National Shelter media release — 9 December 2011

Housing peak National Shelter would like to welcome the Honourable Robert McClelland, MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness within Cabinet.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, is pleased to see the Labor government take a front foot with housing in Cabinet.

‘It is encouraging to see that National Shelter’s long-held position, which is that housing belongs in the Cabinet, is being acted on by the federal government.’

National Shelter would also like to congratulate the Honourable Mark Arbib for his promotion to Assistant Treasurer.

‘We have enjoyed working closely with Minister Arbib, and look forward to seeing him champion housing and homelessness issues in the Treasury’, Mr Pisarski said.

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: eo@qshelter.asn.au

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: comms@qshelter.asn.au