WA has a housing shortage


More people than ever before are experiencing homelessness or housing stress across WA. Limited stock and highly priced rental properties leave tenants unable to find a home. 17,000 households (around 34,000 people) are on the wait list for social housing. More than 1,000 people in WA sleep rough every night and another 8,000 are the ‘hidden homeless’ – people with no choice but to couch surf or sleep in their cars.

Everyone has a right to a place to call home.

With the re-elected Labor Government, we have the opportunity to reflect on what type of society we want to build, using our creativity, investment, and collective efforts to create a future that makes us inspired and proud. Through strong stewardship, leadership and resolve from government, and a collaborative partnership approach with the community sector and people with lived experience of housing insecurity we can ensure that everyone has a place to call home. COVID-19 has shown governments can and must move swiftly to keep us all safe – we need the same resolve to the housing shortage facing thousands of Western Australians.

It’s time to address the housing shortage.

Unlock Housing proposes a housing package to:

  • Invest in social and affordable housing
  • Fix the housing system
  • End homelessness