Council advocate for affordable housing

CITY of Whittlesea has labelled Australia’s housing system as ‘broken’ during their Everybody’s Home campaign launched on Thursday at a housing authority estate in Lalor.

Mayor Lawrie Cox met with housing agency representatives, City of Whittlesea residents and federal politicians to announce the campaign.

In the lead up to the election, council is advocating for the development of a National Housing Strategy to meet Australia’s shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable rental homes, to reset the tax system to prioritise homebuyers over property speculators, introduce legislation that provides nationally consistent protection for renters, provide immediate relief for people in housing stress by increasing rent assistance and to commit to ending homelessness by 2030.

Cr Cox presented doormats with the campaign logo to Member for Scullin Andrew Giles and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell to remind them to think of those less fortunate before going to Parliament.

“Our municipality has fewer social housing households compared to greater Melbourne, despite having some of the greatest levels of disadvantage in the state,” Cr Cox said.

“City of Whittlesea data shows the municipality has experienced at least a seven per cent increase in homelessness from 2011 to 2016.

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Source: The North Central Review

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