A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.
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UnitingCare Australia marks 40th annivesary
40th anniversary recognised in Parliament
Parliament House vigil for children living in poverty
Keeping in touch
UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct
UnitingCare Australia looking for Senior Policy Analyst
Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania
OECD report on early childhood education and care has implications for Australia
Affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for older Australians
Resthaven sponsors research into benefits of respite care
Disability Employment Services paper released
2016 Census data release important for community service
Recent submissions and media releases
In this issue:
Access to stable and safe housing underpins functional families and communities. As a wealthy nation, Australia has the resources to ensure that everyone experiences belonging in a safe and supportive community, with appropriate, affordable housing.
UnitingCare Australia, along with other community organisations, wants to see a halving of the number of homeless people by 2025. To achieve this goal it will be vital for different levels of government, and private and not-for-profit organisations, to work together.
Given the considerable research indicating the impacts of government policy settings on housing affordability, the Australian Government, States and Territories should properly assess these impacts, and design reforms to encourage investment in affordable housing supply.
All governments should work together to support innovative models that ensure low income households have access to appropriate social housing or affordable private rental accommodation and, where necessary, supported accommodation is available to people needing other services to avoid homelessness.
Homelessness and housing affordability are interrelated issues which affect a significant proportion of Australians.
Many experience barriers to appropriate housing that are related to their personal situation, such as family breakdown or mental health issues, which need to be addressed in addition to the general issue of the lack of housing that is affordable for people on low incomes (even with the types of financial assistance currently available).
Various groups in our community are more vulnerable to homelessness or a lack of affordable housing.
It is an issue that impacts on the health and wellbeing of older people, on the capacity of children, youth, Indigenous people and immigrants to achieve their potential to contribute to society, and on the ability of mentally ill and disabled Australians to lead a dignified life.