18th April 2013 REPORT SHOWS ELDERLY FACE GROWING RISK OF HOMELESSNESS
by Mike Woods - Radio National Breakfast
New claims based on the 2011 census show that in the last five years there has been a 44 per cent increase in older people living in the rental market.
The Housing for the Aged Action Group in Victoria says this means fewer older people own their own home, and that they are at a growing risk of homelessness.
18th April 2013 NRAS SHOULD BE PERMANENT
by National Shelter
National Shelter has welcomed the new round of ‘shovel-ready’ National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) projects, but calls for long term certainty by providing a pipeline of projects based on NRAS.
18th April 2013 CALL FOR RENTAL AFFORDABILITY TO BE ELECTION ISSUE
by ABC News
The Tenants Union of Victoria says the affordability of renting a house on the private market is in long-term decline. The latest report from the Department of Human Services shows that in the final quarter of 2012, just over 59 per cent of properties in country Victoria were classed as affordable.
18th April 2013 MPS TO DEFY PUBLIC MEETING BAN
by Henrietta Cook - The Age
Labor MPs and a Yarra councillor will defy a ban on holding meetings at public housing estates, with the Human Rights Law Centre considering a legal challenge to controversial new rules for estates.
18th April 2013 FUNDING FOR NEW AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOMES ANNOUNCED
by The Australian Government
Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler today met with tenants benefiting from more affordable rentals under the National Rental Affordability Scheme to officially open a new dedicated round of funding for ‘shovel-ready’ NRAS projects.
18th April 2013 FRESH FUNDING FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL SCHEME
by Stephanie Peatling - The Sydney Morning Herald
Funding for up to 1000 new affordable rental properties will be announced by the Minister for Housing, Mark Butler, on Thursday.
17th April 2013 OLDER AUSTRALIANS, ESPECIALLY HOME OWNERS, WANT TO AGE AT HOME
Over 90% of older Australians intend to stay in their current accommodation rather than move to aged care or move at all, and this intent is strongest among older people who own their own homes, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
17th April 2013 A SCHOOL WHERE HOMELESS KIDS QUEUE TO GET IN
by Carolyn Webb - The Age
Melbourne Citymission is running its first school in 159 years. It has a posh name, the Melbourne Academy, and a select student body. The school, in a 19th century King Street building, recently gained secondary school status. But its classes are far removed from a conventional school.
15th April 2013 CUTS BODE ILL FOR TENANTS
by Vince Chadwick - The Age
Public housing tenants are more likely to become homeless as a second instalment of cuts to support services takes effect, community workers warn.
15th April 2013 POLLIES WANT A CHAT WITH PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS: BANDT
by Bridget Fitzgerald - Melbourne Times Weekly
PUBLIC housing tenants are being treated like second-class citizens by not being allowed the same access to political communication as other constituents, according to federal Greens MP Adam Bandt.
15th April 2013 SLEEP AT THE G: ROBBO BACK HOME ON MCG
by Melbourne Times Weekly
1500 people have pledged to put their bodies on the line to raise awareness about youth homelessness by taking part in Sleep at the 'G on April 18.
15th April 2013 HOMELESS PERSONS' LEGAL CLINIC - WHAT THEY DO
by PILCH Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic
Free legal services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
For those of you who don’t already know, the PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC) is a free legal service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The HPLC has eight outreach clinics at services in central Melbourne, St Kilda, Footscray and Geelong.
15th April 2013 HELP AUSTRALIANS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUILD THEIR ELECTION YEAR STRATEGY
by Australians for Affordable Housing
This year is critically important to the Australians for Affordable Housing campaign; election years provide the opportunity to get commitments from political parties on issues that they otherwise try to avoid.
Australians for Affordable Housing wants to make sure that they are focussing on the right issues, and communicating them in the best way. Your opinion, as a supporter of the campaign, is valuable to Australians for Affordable Housing.