Homeless Australians currently staying in hotels and motels across the country may be back on the streets unless the federal government invests in housing.
State and territory governments have been paying hotels to accommodate homeless people to help them self-isolate during the corona virus pandemic.
The national Everybody’s Home campaign is calling for major changes to Australia’s housing system after an Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot showed just 1.5% of all rental properties are affordable for people on the lowest incomes.
The annual snapshot looked at around 70,000 rental listings and found that an overwhelming majority of rentals are unaffordable despite recent COVID-19 driven income support increases.
Everybody’s Home spokesperson Kate Colvin said the rental snapshot showed how tough it is for people on low-incomes and government support to find affordable rental accommodation.
Ms Colvin says “COVID-19 has exposed how badly broken our housing system is.”