Kasy Chambers - The ABC
The annual snapshot of rental housing is released today and reveals the stark impact of inadequate and insecure housing. And yet while we all "care" about this, we don't take actions to change it, writes Kasy Chambers.
At a time when popular sympathy and awareness is going out to women trying to escape domestic violence, to isolated unsupported people living with mental illness, and to young adults graduating from a childhood in out-of-home care into homelessness and joblessness, the terrible shortage of secure affordable housing that they face is rearing its head.
We've got some numbers to show you what that means. Anglicare Australia's annual snapshot of rental housing, released today, has found less than 1 per cent of the 65,600 properties for rent across Australia would be suitable for a woman with children - in desperate need - on income support. There were only 16 rooms or dwellings out of 65,600 that a young person relying on the Youth Allowance could afford. We found only 10 properties suitable for someone living with a mental illness and looking for work.