HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS IN WA
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, which will only get worse when the moratorium on rent increases and evictions ends in March 2021. 15,700 households (around 30,000 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.
As we move into a state election and ongoing recovery, 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 crisis facing thousands of Western Australians.
It’s time to address the housing crisis.
Unlock Housing proposes a housing package to:
- Invest in social and affordable housing
- Fix the housing system
- End homelessness