Pensioners struggle to find affordable homes

Anglicare Australia is calling on all parties and candidates to help older people into affordable housing. This follows the release of Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot on Thursday.

“Housing is one of the biggest issues facing older Australians, but it’s still barely on the election radar,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“Our Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that a person on the Age Pension can afford less than 1% of rental listings across Australia. That includes the highest rate of rent assistance.

“For couples, it’s 1.4%. That’s a ecord low, even after years of poor results.

“People are desperate for action. Instead, parties are promising more of the same. First home buyer grants will not help older people in rental stress, and our numbers show that rent assistance isn’t working.

“Pledges to help older people with the cost of medicines are welcome, but the fact is that housing is the biggest cost for most Australians. None of these announcements will give older people the help they need.

“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. Investing in housing is the most powerful way to keep older people in secure housing, and stop them from going into aged care before they’re ready.

“We’re asking all parties and candidates to take action, and help make sure that older Australians have the homes they deserve.”

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