A STRONGER SOCIAL HOUSING SYSTEM IN WA
Western Australia’s growing hosing crisis is leaving many of our most vulnerable people in temporary accommodation or homeless as they wait years for secure, affordable social housing. In one of the most overheated, broken housing markets on the planet, we also have one of the smallest social housing sectors in the world, with social housing making up only 4% of our entire housing stock.
“Our plan will provide more homes sooner for the almost a
quarter of a million families on housing waiting lists around Australia.
Plus it will help make housing more affordable for all Australians.”
Senator Scott Ludlam
WA’s shameful waiting lists
There are currently 23,000 people on WA’s housing waiting lists – and this has doubled since 2007.
The “average” waiting time according to the housing department is 2.5 years – but this is deceptive.
• In central, south and north metro regions of metropolitan Perth the waiting list is more than 10 years long, in Fremantle, Kwinana and Peel the waiting time is 4-7 years
• In Albany the current waiting times are between 7-9 years
• In Bunbury the current waiting times are 7-8 years
• In Port Hedland the waiting time is 4 years and there are families sleeping under corrugated iron, in view of the mining prosperity and homes that cost $2100 to rent.
It’s even worse for those on the priority list
There are 3000 applicants on WA’s priority list, and this number has tripled since 2006. The leading reason people go on to the priority list is domestic violence, and issues such as severe overcrowding, health reasons, or housing that doesn’t meet the needs of the tenant. All are in desperate circumstances and yet the average wait time is 62 weeks – more than one year. The East Kimberley (the town of Halls Creek) has the longest wait time for the priority list for public housing of all the zones in WA of 7 years.
The Greens Plan for a stronger housing system will:
• Deliver at least 12,000 new social housing dwellings in WA over the next ten years, and a total of 122,000 in Australia.
• Set a 1/3 target of fast build, modular, or prefabricated housing which is faster and more affordable to build. This will support WA’s existing modular housing industry and help to kick-start a stronger local manufacturing, design and construction industry using these new technologies.
To achieve this in WA Greens have committed
• $71m additional funding per year for WA out of a national package worth $710m. This would deliver 500 homes each year for the next decade; and
• Investment worth another $200m per year for WA though a new Affordable Housing Supply Bonds instrument. This would deliver another 720 homes each year for the next ten years.
Not enough is being done to overcome Australia’s growing housing crisis at the state or federal level. Only the Greens have the guts to stand up for the people in desperate housing need and have an innovative idea for how to address the social housing crisis.
Authorised by Jess McColl & Trish Cowcher, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth