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Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:10

Connecting 6 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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UnitingCare Australia marks 40th annivesary

40th anniversary recognised in Parliament

Parliament House vigil for children living in poverty

Keeping in touch

UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct

UnitingCare Australia looking for Senior Policy Analyst

Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania

OECD report on early childhood education and care has implications for Australia

Affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for older Australians

Resthaven sponsors research into benefits of respite care

Disability Employment Services paper released


2016 Census data release important for community service

Recent submissions and media releases


Published in Connecting newsletter
Monday, 20 June 2016 14:51

Housing and homelessness

Our vision

Access to stable and safe housing underpins functional families and communities. As a wealthy nation, Australia has the resources to ensure that everyone experiences belonging in a safe and supportive community, with appropriate, affordable housing.

UnitingCare Australia, along with other community organisations, wants to see a halving of the number of homeless people by 2025. To achieve this goal it will be vital for different levels of government, and private and not-for-profit organisations, to work together.

Given the considerable research indicating the impacts of government policy settings on housing affordability, the Australian Government, States and Territories should properly assess these impacts, and design reforms to encourage investment in affordable housing supply.

All governments should work together to support innovative models that ensure low income households have access to appropriate social housing or affordable private rental accommodation and, where necessary, supported accommodation is available to people needing other services to avoid homelessness.

The issues we face

Homelessness and housing affordability are interrelated issues which affect a significant proportion of Australians.

Many experience barriers to appropriate housing that are related to their personal situation, such as family breakdown or mental health issues, which need to be addressed in addition to the general issue of the lack of housing that is affordable for people on low incomes (even with the types of financial assistance currently available).

Various groups in our community are more vulnerable to homelessness or a lack of affordable housing.

It is an issue that impacts on the health and wellbeing of older people, on the capacity of children, youth, Indigenous people and immigrants to achieve their potential to contribute to society, and on the ability of mentally ill and disabled Australians to lead a dignified life.

Published in Areas of Advocacy