A word from our CEO
Not a day goes by these days without a damning report or media story about the hardships renters are facing to secure an affordable home. Yesterday it was Anglicare confirming that less than 1% of advertised rentals are affordable for people on income support. Renters on the minimum wage are also facing pressure.
This issue is now hitting people who would be considered in the 'middle'. But the worse off, however, remain the renters experiencing financial hardship, including pensioners, those on disability support payments and unemployed people.
These are the people in our community who need an urgent increase in the Commonwealth Rent Assistance subsidy as a targeted response to help them maintain a roof over the heads. Much more also needs to be done.
As we face a federal election, the next government must tackle the policy challenge of housing affordability for renters. We can’t be content as a community with a stagnant status quo that fuels homelessness.
CEO, Tenants Victoria