Anti-Poverty Week is a major national campaign aimed at highlining the issues and impacts of poverty in Australia.
Communicare is again leading the West Australian campaign with David Cain State Co-chair along with Greg Hebble, CEO of Foodbank. The inclusion of Foodbank also builds our relationship with the important work that they do.
This year's focus is on the links between poverty and housing, as well as advocacy to ensure the rate of the Job Seeker payment remains at appropriate levels.
The links between poverty and housing are very clear:
- At least 116,000 Australians are homeless on any given night and 190,000 households are on waiting lists for social housing.
- There is a national shortage of just over 400,000 homes for people in the lowest 20% of household incomes who are either homeless or in rental stress and at high risk of becoming homeless.
- Average housing costs for the lowest 20% of working-age households (under 65 years) grew by 42% (or from $103 pw to $146 pw) from 2005 to 2017.
- A rise in house prices as well as the declining availability of social housing has led to a large increase in low-income people renting in the private market.
- Relying on income support and renting in the private market increases the risk of poverty, for example, in 2015-16, the poverty rate for people aged over 65 was 11.6% but was 43.4% for people renting privately renting.
Ensuring adequate housing for all Australians must be a major focus of all governments. Anti-Poverty Week will be playing a key role in highlighting the changes that need to occur.
For more information visit the Anti-Poverty Week website.
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