A convergence of social and economic factors places young parents in outer growth corridors at a disproportionate risk of experiencing housing insecurity, yet with notable exceptions, this phenomenon is underrepresented in the Australian literature. In the first place, the heavy time demands imposed by early child?rearing mean that at least one, if not both young parents are likely to be unemployed or underemployed. Increasing casualisation means that workplace maternity/paternity benefits are often unavailable, and there is little safety net for guaranteeing casual shift work. Systematic exclusion from employment opportunities is often coupled with the fact that young parents have few economic assets, and suitable housing with two bedrooms is unaffordable on one income (or at worst case, the Parenting Payment).
SOURCE: Ooi, Daniel and Gill, Peter Richard. “Experiences of young parents in the ‘hope to home’ project in the outer growth corridors of Melbourne” Parity, April 2019.
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