12 September 2007


Australians have never experienced a time when housing has been less affordable. Currently 1.1 million low to middle income households are paying so much in mortgage or rental costs to be living in "housing stress". This is a massive 1 in 7 households struggling with housing costs.

In the past decade, the median house price in Australia has increased from 4 times average incomes to 6-7 times average incomes.

357,000 families with children have insufficient money for food, clothing, heating and transport after they have paid for their housing.

Over 400,000 households are in 'housing crisis'. They spend more than 50% of their low incomes on housing. This is one in every 20 households.

Nationally, more than 100,000 people are homeless on any given night.

The above are some of the facts quoted by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) a coalition of a group of community organizations, (including MacKillop Family Services which originated in an amalgamation of child welfare organizations of the Sisters of Mercy, Christian Brothers and the Sisters of St Joseph) with a national focus, concerned at the declining levels of access to good, secure and affordable housing in Australia.

AAH has developed a five-point plan to be implemented over ten years to address the housing crisis. The plan together with other policies and media releases of AAH are available at the above website.

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