Meeting housing needs

Young mum to deliver petitions from 40,000 Australians calling on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform to avert looming crisis


Young mum to deliver petitions from 40,000 Australians calling on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform to avert looming crisis 

A delegation led by a 24-year-old mother with a ten-year history of homelessness will deliver petitions comprising over 40,000 signatures from Australians who are concerned the Federal Government is not meeting its responsibilities to the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Hayley Van Summeren, who started the petition at the last federal election, will be joined by the heads of Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and ACOSS, who will meet with MPs and Senators throughout the day. 

A number of federal MPs and state and territory housing ministers have already expressed support for urgently resolving the funding uncertainty around the soon-to-lapse National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) and allowing around 180 services to continue providing their services. 

Ms Van Summeren said ‘I first became homeless when I was 14. It has been the biggest struggle of my life, to stay safe when I was homeless, to get a roof over my head, to get a job, to deal with the trauma from that time and to be the best mum I can be. Without the support I received, my story would be a completely different one. No-one deserves that.’ 

The cuts would see $115 million of Federal Government funding lost and that, along with matching state funds, would see 80,000 Australians missing out on crisis support and housing each year. Nearly all of the 180 services would face closure. 

Equity, Efficiency and Employment: Setting Social Housing Rents


Rent policy is one of the key aspects of the management of social housing. It determines the affordability of the housing for its tenants, as well as providing the main income stream for social housing providers.

Social housing rents are generally set as a proportion of the tenant’s income, with the general principle being that they pay 25% of income as rent. This policy area has been the subject of much debate over the past few years. 

This report, written by Jon Eastgate for National Shelter examines a number of alternatives to income-based rents that have been suggested in recent time. All fail the affordability test. 


Joint statement on peaks defunding

Joint statement by CHFA, Homelessness Australia and National Shelter on the decision by the federal government to withdraw fund - announced just before Christmas 2014

Senate affordanle housing inquiry submission

National Shelter's submission to the 2014 Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing being undertaken by the Senate Standing Committee on Economics

Key recommendation from National Shelter’s ATSI housing roundtables 2010–2012

June 2012

Three roundtables on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) housing have been facilitated by National Shelter between 2010 and 2012. National Shelter has recommended that the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs fund a project to build trust between ATSI housing organisations and all levels of government to create a productive working relationship, and to support ATSI housing organisations to become registered in the new national regulatory system.