Poverty puts pressure on people – it’s constant and strong. If the pressure builds up, people can be pushed into homelessness.
We can relieve the pressure on people’s lives by creating
affordable housing and helping people get decent jobs. And we can
help people withstand this pressure by strengthening our social welfare system and ensure all payments stay above the poverty line.
This year Anti-Poverty Week is partnering with the Everybody’s Home campaign to help ensure all Australians have a safe and decent place to call home. We can end homelessness and increase housing affordability. Investing in social housing is both the right and smart thing to do.
You can join actions as promoted by 2020 Homelessness Week and which are ongoing to the Federal Budget on 6 October. The key action is to urge the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to invest in social housing which is win for both those who currently can’t afford a home and a win for jobs as we need to build our way out of the pandemic.
The Treasurer holds the key to the October Budget. You can also meet with your MP or Senator and ask them to sign this I Support Social Housing pledge. See these resources , including heat maps which show social housing and homelessness need by Federal electorate.
See our Promotional Kit for social media tiles we’ve created to support the campaign.
You may also like to read these published in Homelessness Week:
- Life Course Centre August Newsletter
- Older Women in the Private Rental Sector: Unaffordable, Substandard and Insecure Housing written by Emma Power at the University of Western Sydney.
- Launch Housing Public Perceptions of Homelessness
- Mission Australia, Staying home: A Youth Survey report on young people’s experience of homelessness, July 2020.
- Also the Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) released in May 2020 which details how building 30,000 social homes over the next four years will create up to 18,000 jobs per year while combatting homelessness.
- Australian Homelessness Monitor published by Launch Housing in 2018.
- Crisis UK: Talking about homelessness Framing toolkit, June 2020 based on research undertaken for them by the FrameWorks Institute Our common experience: the big idea that can help end homelessness, May 2018.