Jesuit Social Services was pleased to contribute a submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan – a 10-year Federal Government strategy to inform future housing and homelessness policy in Australia and help more Australians access safe and affordable housing.
The Plan comes as an unprecedented housing crisis grips Australia. The gulf between demand for and supply of public and community housing is widening rapidly. Tenants in the private market face skyrocketing rents and extremely low vacancy rates, as home ownership slips out of reach for many. The pressure of these issues is felt disproportionately by the people we work with – those experiencing disadvantage, who have complex needs, and who live on low incomes.
Over our decades-long history working alongside people pushed to society’s margins, Jesuit Social Services has witnessed firsthand both the critical issues in Australia’s housing systems, and the profound impact safe and stable housing has on a person’s health, wellbeing and agency.
Our submission to the Plan draws on this grounded experience and contemporary research, illustrating the importance of public housing stock and the disproportionate effect of housing insecurity on people with multiple and complex needs, and outlines evidence-based strategies to ensure people’s right to safe, sustainable and affordable housing is met.