Not a single neighbourhood in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat or Bendigo affordable for low-income households.
If we need further evidence that Victoria’s rental market is failing those on the lowest of incomes, the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) delivers this news that low income households, including pensioners and single parents, can no longer afford to live anywhere in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat or Bendigo.
The startling report coincides with the release of our submission to the 2017-18 State Budget, which calls on the Victorian Government to build and acquire 14,5000 new social housing properties over the next five years, to help level the playing field for low income earners.
With competition for rentals fiercer than ever, it’s a game of musical chairs, and when the music stops, it’s people on low incomes who are left without a roof over their heads, or living in poverty just so they can pay the rent. Watch our video on why more social housing would stop the game of musical chairs for Victoria’s poor.
There’s a game of musical chairs happening in Victoria and it’s causing #homelessness. We’re asking the Victorian Government to stop this awful game by building more affordable housing.
The RAI shows that there is now not a single neighbourhood in Melbourne or Victoria’s regional cities that is affordable for a single person on Centrelink, a single pensioner, or a single parent on a low part-time income.
The latest Rental Affordability Index shows not a single neighbourhood in Melbourne or Victoria’s regional cities is affordable for
- a single person on Centrelink,
- a single pensioner,
- a single parent on a low part-time income
The stark reality is that Centrelink incomes have not kept pace with the cost of rent.
SOURCE: Council to Homeless People. “The Rental Market is a Game of Musical Chairs for Low Income Earners.” CHP website viewed 29 November 2017.
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