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Affordable housing underfunded


A gap in funding for community housing providers has been identified by the St Vincent de Paul Society in its submission to a Federal Government inquiry into housing affordability and supply.

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Claire Victory, national president of the Society, said the size of the funding gap depends on a number of issues, including whether community housing providers already own land that can be assigned to new housing.

“The Society currently holds land in some places but requires funding to progress the development of new dwellings,” she said.

“State and territory governments have recently handed down budgets with variable commitments to increase social, community and affordable housing and the Commonwealth, at the very least, should be matching the funding.”

The Society is calling for a national housing strategy to be developed by an independent authority to address the chronic and growing shortage of affordable housing in Australia.

“Every day we see evidence that access to safe and affordable housing leads to increased individual and community wellbeing, as well as better outcomes in health, education and employment, and economic and social participation,” Ms Victory said.

In its submission the National Council calls for:

Vinnies has invited members of the committee to visit one of the Society’s many community housing projects. A copy of the submission is available here.



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