Anglicare Australia supports ACOSS and National Shelter in their call today for the Australian government to continue with the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and to plan for more social housing, not less.
Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers noted that in recent days, the Government has pointed to a shrinking supply of public housing.
"If the government were to slash its NAHA investment, as has been suggested it might, we wouldn’t see more social housing, we’d see less. That is not acceptable.
“Everyone in Australia knows that there is a severe housing crisis and it is hardest on those who have the least access.
“As a matter of national priority, Anglicare Australia is calling for a plan that uses this public funding to increase the number of homes available for people who need somewhere safe to live.
“We would welcome the opportunity to work with the three levels of government and with housing providers to create such a plan and put it in place.
“Anglicare Australia calls on the Australian government to show real leadership here, not use the difficulties of the past as an excuse to back out,” Ms Chambers said.
ACOSS and National Shelter are holding a media conference the Senate Courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra, at 12:00 noon today.
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