Media

For media enquiries, please contact our Executive Officer, Adrian Pisarski, on 0417 975 270 or email: adrian.pisarski@shelter.org.au 

Imperative state and territories match federal government’s homelessness funding

National Shelter media release — 18 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to ending homelessness by providing up to $159 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for one year.

Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, has applauded the federal government’s pledge, and called for the states and territories to provide the matching funding needed to maintain momentum to address homelessness.  

'The 2008 white paper on homelessness, The road home, created a renewed focus on ending homelessness.  

Many important initiatives have been delivered through the National Partnership on Homelessness, and it is imperative that we don’t lose that momentum.

'The funding will ensure services are able to continue to provide crucial services to Australians who are homeless and at risk of homelessness.’

For more information:

  • Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203

Sole parenting payment cuts could make families homeless

National Shelter media release — 5 March 2013

Housing policy peak National Shelter has warned that the changes to sole parenting payments will force more families into housing stress and homelessness.

National Shelter Chairperson Adrian Pisarski said that sole parent families face the double challenge of unaffordable rents and discrimination in the private rental market.  

‘Eroding the income of sole parents undermines their ability to house their children’, Mr Pisarski said. 

‘The Government’s white paper on homelessness in 2008, The road home, highlighted the increasing prevalence of families experiencing homelessness.

‘Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures from March 2012 showed that more than three-quarters of all families seeking emergency shelter were sole parent families.  

‘The cuts to the incomes of sole parent families are a retrograde step in the battle to end homelessness.’    

Please see 2012 National Shelter policy priorities, Meeting housing challenges, for more policy recommendations.

For more information:

  • Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter Project Manager: 0402 927 243
  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203

Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

National Shelter media release — 1 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the National Housing Supply Council’s report released today, revealing Australian’s unaffordable housing issue continues to grow.

The report, Housing supply and affordability issues 2012–13, used the 2011 Census data, examining Australian households’ housing consumption and how it has changed over the last decade.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that the report demonstrates that Australians are changing their housing choices due to the lack of affordable housing options.

‘This is a reminder that affordable housing needs to be a priority, as well as a continued investment in social and affordable housing supply by government.

‘It shows that in the past decade, there has been a decrease in homeownership in major Australian capital cities, increase in overcrowded homes, more people living in marginal housing and becoming homeless.

‘The major cause of these changes, as stated by the National Housing Supply Council, is the lack of affordable housing.

‘Housing shortages are driving innovation, such as mixed-user developments leveraging the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

‘We applaud the solutions from government, including the Social Housing Initiative, which have demonstrated the effectiveness of investing in affordable housing.

‘The National Shelter policy platform insists on the delivery of an extra 200,000 social and affordable rental dwellings by 2021.’

Please see 2012 National Shelter Policy Priorities, Meeting housing challenges, for more policy recommendations.

For more information:

  • Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter Project Manager: 0402 927 243
  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203

National Shelter’s five principles for redeveloping social housing

National Shelter media release — 21 January 2013  

Housing policy peak National Shelter has challenged governments planning redevelopments of social housing sites to adopt five principles.

Chairperson of National Shelter Adrian Pisarski said that National Shelter’s support for redevelopment of social housing sites, such as Fitzroy, was conditional on:

  • A net gain in social housing stock   
  • Clear communication plans to minimise confusion and fear for tenants
  • Meaningful consultation with social housing tenants and the broader community throughout the process
  • Improving community facilities and retaining green space
  • Relocation options that respect tenants’ community of interest and give options for returning to the redeveloped site or moving only once.

'Redevelopment of social housing sites should result in an increase of homes', Mr Pisarski said.   

'With 175,000 Australian households waiting for social housing, it would be a huge lost opportunity to only maintain current levels.

'Change is always stressful.  Clear information is essential in situations like the redevelopment of Fitzroy and tenants must have an opportunity for input.  

'We acknowledge that public housing is operating at a deficit and innovation is necessary to achieve a more sustainable system.

'We urge Governments to consider the whole picture when redeveloping.'    

Please see 2012 National Shelter policy priorities, 'Meeting housing challenges', for more policy recommendations.

For more information:

  • Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter Project Manager: 0402 927 243
  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203

 

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

National Shelter media release — 8 January 2013

National Shelter has welcomed a KPMG report declaring the overwhelming benefits of social housing investment through the 2009 economic stimulus plan, as well as the economic boost to the building industry.

The $5.6 billion Social Housing Initiative was the single largest housing funding commitment in Australian history. The KPMG report showed that 19,700 new dwellings were constructed — exceeding targets by about 13 per cent, created about 9,000 full-time and 14,000 part-time jobs, and generating an additional $1.5 billion per year of construction activity. The funding was also used to repair over 80,000 dwellings nationally and over 12,000 were upgraded to habitable housing.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said the report highlights the economic value of this most important social investment and that the community would further benefit from social housing investment.

‘The Social Housing Initiative came at a time when the need for affordable housing was desperate for many Australians.’

‘The KPMG report clearly demonstrates that the Social Housing Initiative was a step in the right direction, creating more opportunities for low-income and homeless Australians and stimulating the construction industry.’

‘I call on the Australian state and territory Governments for continued investment in affordable housing and where the currently struggling building industry could gain greater benefits than 2009.’

‘The National Shelter policy platform insists on the delivery of an extra 200,000 social and affordable rental dwellings by 2021.’

Please see 2012 National Shelter Policy Priorities, Meeting Housing Challenges for more policy recommendations.

For more information:

 

  • Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter Project Manager: 0402 927 243
  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter Chairperson: 0417 975 270
  • Kim Zoe Evans, Communications Officer: 0404 429 203