Dire lack of homes for people with disability

Anglicare Australia says the lack of homes for people with disability is dire. This follows the release of Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot on Thursday.

“The private rental market is failing Australians with disability,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“Across Australia, we found just 51 rentals that were affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension out of almost 46,000 listings. That means that 99.9% of rental homes are out of reach.

“In thirteen years of putting together our Snapshot, we’ve never seen a result this bad for people with disability. Yet we’ve heard almost nothing at this election about what will be done to fix the problem.

“Our numbers already include the highest rates of rent assistance, and even those are affordable might not meet the needs of people with disabilities – many are not accessible, and most are rooms in sharehouses.

“We’re calling on whoever wins the election to boost to affordable housing. Our shortfall is massive. We need 500,000 new social and affordable rentals across Australia. If we don’t invest in affordable, disability-friendly homes, too many young people with disabilities will end up living their lives in aged care.

“We’re asking all parties and candidates to step up and help people with disabilities find a home.”