Australia needs to reboot affordable housing funding, not scrap it.
Federal government ministers have cast a cloud over funding for social housing and homelessness services, leading to speculation that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) may not survive the 2017 budget.
Housing affordability crisis: social divide affects a generation. Men and women of Australia, we have a problem.
That problem is housing affordability and the exclusion that this issue delivers to part of the community in our biggest cities. You will recall my October column in The Weekend Australian Magazine parodying the middle-aged tut-tutting of the spending priorities of the millennial generation.
Canberra rental market surge leaves students, young families struggling to find properties.
Canberra's rental market has shown the strongest growth of all capital cities according to new property data, but the surge has left some renters at a disadvantage. Rents in the ACT have sat relatively dormant for the past five years, but new research from CoreLogic RP Data suggests the market is becoming increasingly competitive.
Head of research Cameron Kusher said the ACT market was leading the nation in rental growth, followed closely by Tasmania.
Housing affordability in Canberra: Renting is the ACT's 'biggest issue'. Belconnen university student Lizz McCarter lists her favourite television channel as LifeStyle. It's here she draws fresh inspiration for her goal of buying and renovating a home.
Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, who is unable to work, the great Australian dream seems just that - a dream. Half her partner's pay goes on rent, with much of the remainder spent managing her chronic medical condition.
"It's very daunting. It's hard for us to even consider ... saving for a house and we have to hope things will be better in a few years' time when we're a bit older," Ms McCarter said.
What we want to achieve in the long-term in a perfect world. ACT Shelter believes that housing is a human right. Our vision is that everyone’s home be recognised as the safe, secure, affordable, sustainable foundation to well-being.