This week is Homeless Week in Australia.
It is a reminder that there are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, and the economic crisis we are in could force many more into crisis accommodation, including right here in the Illawarra, and Southern Highlands.
On Census night in 2016, it was reported that more than 116,000 people were estimated to be homeless in Australia.
Across the Illawarra, and Southern Highlands regions more than 1000 people were estimated to be homeless. Homelessness across the regions increased by 5.5% between the 2011, and 2016 censuses.
The pandemic has made it clear just how important safe, and affordable housing is.
We have all been advised to stay home to keep safe. You can’t stay home though if you don’t have one.
Labor has also been calling on the Morrison Government for months to fund the construction of more social housing, and repair existing social housing. This will help put a roof over the head of more Australians who need one.
During the Global Financial Crisis the former Labor Government noted the need for additional social housing dwellings across the country, and invested $5,6 billion in the constructions of nearly 20,000 new social housing dwellings, and repaired a further 80,000 existing properties.
Instead of more slogans, the Coalition Government should act, and fund the construction of more social housing.
This would be a win-win situation. It would provide work for thousands of tradies, and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it.