Zone In: A FAIR HOUSING SYSTEM FOR ALL is the Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance’s advocacy campaign in the lead up to the Federal Election on 18 May 2019.

Strong political leadership by the Federal Government is required to drive housing reform in Australia within a national framework to deliver long term, sustainable outcomes across the entire housing system.

We are calling on major political parties to zone in on Social and Affordable Housing, and take real action by committing to:

  1. The appointment of a Federal Housing Minister
  2. A National Housing Strategy
  3. Change tax policy settings that impact adversely on the supply of affordable housing
  4. Additional Funds for Social Housing

WHY WE ARE RUNNING A CAMPAIGN

Housing affordability is a national crisis that requires Federal Leadership and national priority status. ‘Business as usual’ is not an option.

Housing is a fundamental right. Yet across Australia, 1.3 million households cannot secure affordable housing.

Doing nothing damages the lives of many Australian families. Doing nothing also diminishes the cohesion of our communities and, if prolonged, will have grim consequences for the wellbeing of our society more broadly.

Want to learn more? Check out our fact sheet here.

WHY WE HAVE A CRISIS

Affordable and Social Housing has not been a high priority for successive governments and has occurred in the absence of a National Strategy that addresses all facets of the housing spectrum.

Housing has largely been regarded as an economic issue without reference to its widespread and multi-faceted social context.

Housing market costs and the failure of government housing policy to support average Australian households have denied many Australians “a place to call home.”

Budgets over the last 10 years have not delivered an adequate supply of Social and Affordable Housing to meet the needs of the most vulnerable households.

Our region

In the Eastern Metropolitan Region there is a critical shortfall of Affordable and Social Housing.

17, 270 households do not own their own homes and there are only 2,040 affordable private rentals.

There’s a shortfall of approximately 8,000 Social Housing dwellings. That’s 8,000 families who are unable to access safe, secure and affordable housing.

Alarmingly, this figure will increase to 11,420 by 2036 if action is not taken.

Want to learn more? Check out our fact sheet here.

OUR ASKS

We recommend that the Federal Government commits to:

1. The appointment of a Federal Housing Minister

Strong political leadership by the Federal Government is required to drive housing reform. A Federal Housing Minister will place housing as a national priority and drive an agenda that delivers adequate supply of Social and Affordable Housing across Australia.

2. A National Housing Strategy

A comprehensive Housing Policy framework and National Housing Strategy that takes a whole of government and industry approach and commits to national targets across the housing system is essential.

3. Change tax policy settings that impact adversely on the supply of affordable housing

The negative impact of speculative investors in the domestic housing market is a national issue reflected in the increasing shortfall of quality affordable housing across the nation. Currently, negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions are biased toward Australians on higher incomes to the detriment of first home buyers. Savings from tax reform should be redirected to increase housing supply.

4. Additional Funds for Social Housing

A significant increase in funds to boost the Social Housing supply for low income households who are unable to enter market housing is an urgent priority. Additionally, we ask for separate and recurrent funding for Registered Housing Associations to build social housing.


Want to learn more? Check out our fact sheet here.

CASE STUDIES AND TESTIMONIALS

nichole photo

Nichole's Story

Nichole* and her three children have been living in crisis housing – a one bedroom motel room – for more than four months.

Chronic health issues, anxiety and stress had contributed to a family breakdown, with Nichole returning from interstate to be near her mother in Victoria. Now facing with a new set of problems, Nichole is susceptible to a significant relapse in her health.

Her unsuccessful efforts to secure suitable affordable housing locally has left her with no option but to return to Queensland to seek support from friends.

Read more about Nichole’s story here.

christina photo

Christina's Story

Having never been married, Christina is now in her 60s and recently retired. She worked solidly all her adult life and saved.

Christina* has been searching for a place to rent for over 10 months without success. She’d hoped that when she retired she’d have enough to buy a small place. House prices have, however, made this impossible.

Christina’s been staying with a friend until she can find a place to rent.

Read more about Christina's story here.

Community Housing Victoria (CHV) Testimonial - Jane

Jane*, who has been a resident for over three months, said “we are family”.

She mentioned that on one occasion, she had gone to the dentist and had work carried out. One of the other tenants, Robert, had cooked her dinner and made sure that she was able to eat it.

Jane feels that if it was not for CHV she would be on a couch somewhere, struggling to exist in private rental or would be homeless. Her situation is exaggerated as she has two dogs and could not bear to part with them. “It makes a difference how you feel, on where you live” said Jane.

Community Housing Victoria (CHV) Testimonial - Vicky

Vicky* has been a resident for seven years. She had nowhere else to go or family that could assist so feels lucky that she has secure housing and a forever home.

Vicky does not feel lonely or alone. She’s friends with Jane and the two of them enjoy movie nights and share fish and chips or pizza with their neighbour Robert. They are there for one another, even if it’s just for a cup of tea or to receive a “good morning” as she rides around on her scooter.

Vicky loves her unit and treats it as it is her own. She feels happy to be part of this community.

*Names have been changed.

GET INVOLVED

Are you ready to zone into the conversation on social and affordable housing?

Support our campaign by:

  • Writing to your local MP and candidates, asking them to zone in and commit to real action on social housing
  • Following your local Council on Facebook and Twitter
  • Sharing #zonein campaign content
  • Talking to your family and friends and asking them to support the campaign.
SEND A LETTER TO YOUR MP SHARE ON FACEBOOK

ABOUT US

The Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance (EAHA) is a group of six Councils (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges) in the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) of Melbourne.

The Alliance was established in 2010 with the primary purpose of advocating for more affordable and social housing in the region.

The Alliance has quantified and monitors this supply gap in the ‘Minimum Supply of Social Housing in the EMR’; this research was produced in 2010 and has since been updated in 2014 and 2017.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the campaign or would like further information, please email us at: info@zonein.net.au