Tools to provide affordable housing to all Canberrans are in our hands

As this week is Anti-Poverty Week, it is an important opportunity to highlight how poverty can make it all but impossible to find adequate housing here in Canberra. The latest cost of living report by the ACT Council of Social Services reveals that approximately 10,000 households in the ACT are suffering from housing stress and 1,785 of us are homelessness.

Homeless people are not just the rough sleepers you may see in Civic. Several older women I know are homeless, but manage the situation through long term house sitting—moving from place to place because they cannot afford adequate accommodation any other way. As one in eight Australians will be homeless at some point in their life, I bet that most Canberrans know someone who doesn’t have a secure place to call home.

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