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Raise the Rate for Good campaign

ACT Shelter CEO Travis Gilbert participated in the Day of Action to Raise the Rate for Good on 26 August 2020.

The goal of the Raise the Rate campaign is to fix Australia's social security safety net for good so that it keeps people out of poverty, with income of $500 per week. 

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Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP)

SHARP is a government-driven stimulus program launched by the national peak bodies the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), Homelessness Australia and National Shelter, and national housing campaign Everybody’s Home. 

Read more about SHARP here.

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Homelessness soars in our biggest cities

Homelessness has increased greatly in Australian capital cities since 2001. Almost two-thirds of people experiencing homelessness are in these cities, with much of the growth associated with severely crowded dwellings and rough sleeping.

Homelessness in major cities, especially severe crowding, has risen disproportionately in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing and higher median rents. Severe crowding is also strongly associated with weak labour markets and poorer areas with a high proportion of males.

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How to improve low-income renters

People’s quality of life, their health and their comfort can suffer when living in poor-quality housing. It can also impose high ongoing costs of maintenance, repairs, heating and cooling. And these problems are more likely to affect low-income households, as our report for Shelter NSW shows. In it, we review the evidence on housing quality problems and consider ways to resolve these, especially for low-income households.

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ACT Shelters Vision

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.

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