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Call for action on housing plan

Jul 23, 2015, 09:00 AM by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has put its weight behind a united sector approach to address housing affordability at the Homelessness Summit in Sydney today.

Presenting the findings of Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot at the Summit this morning, Anglicare’s Policy and Research Director, Michelle Waterford, has urged the social services sector to unite in its call to the government to act on affordable housing.

Ms Waterford highlighted the level of consensus that exists around the solutions to address the housing affordability crisis. A staging ground for action could be the 10 point plan for improved housing affordability published in The Conversation in June this year.

The plan was developed by the UNSW’s Professor Hal Pawson and partners and it mirrors, in many ways, Anglicare Australia’s own priorities and the priorities for the broader housing and homelessness sector. This 10 point plan goes further in that it looks at specific strategies that can be adopted at local levels.

There is a high level of consensus between agencies, academics, and now growing in the public arena, around housing affordability.

With this momentum behind the issue, and the prospect of addressing it in the Reform of the Federation discussion paper, there is opportunity for change.

But for that to happen, government needs to recognise that the sector - in broadest sense - has a plan and that we need to work together on it.