Federal and state governments outline plans to address housing affordability

The federal government says its housing affordability plan revealed in this year’s budget will improve outcomes for the people most in need, while the state government says its Homes for Victorians strategy will address many issues.

The Bendigo Advertiser reported last week the latest Rental Affordability Agreement indicated that single people on pensions, on Centrelink or with children and working part-time could not afford to rent in Bendigo, while the number of people facing homelessness was always growing.

In July the federal government will introduce what it says is a key element of its affordability plan, the $1.5 billion National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, which will replace existing agreements.

“The NHHA will seek to ensure that states and territories have in place credible housing and homelessness strategies, as well as provide better and more comprehensive reporting to increase transparency and accountability of housing and homelessness funding,” a Department of Social Services spokesperson said.

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