High rents and insecurity are constant sources of financial and emotional stress for low-income women. They describe what it's like struggling to survive and being one step away from being homeless.
Older women have been the fastest-growing group of homeless people in recent years. New research shows about 240,000 women aged 55 or older and another 165,000 women aged 45-54 are at risk.
This former school site in Dallas, Melbourne, is one of many sites suitable for public housing that are being prepared for sale in areas with high housing need.
Of 2,646 hectares of public land being prepared for sale in Victoria, 24 sites are suitable for building high-quality public housing in places of high need. Why isn't the land being used for this?
Rental stress leaves hundreds of thousands of Australians struggling for years to cover all the other costs of living.
After paying rent, more than half of low-income tenants don't have enough left over for other essentials. And the latest evidence shows nearly half of them are stuck in this situation for years.
Even when sharing a house, the average cost of rent means very little is left over from the Newstart allowance for food and living costs.
Once rent is paid, having to live on only $14 a day doesn't cover the costs of job seeking. The evidence of the need to increase Newstart and Rent Allowance is overwhelming.
Labor’s so-called Rental Affordability Scheme did little to make those who most needed it, but it helped landlords.
The government is being pressed to bring back a particularly ineffective and wasteful scheme.
The damaging effects of housing disadvantage on people’s mental health can persist even years after their housing situation improves.
The difficulties for people facing housing disadvantage don't end as soon as their situation improves. They are at higher risk of poorer mental health years or even decades later.
Energy efficient social housing in Tasmania.
Australia needs to build 730,000 more social housing units in 20 years.
The numbers of buyers able to celebrate moving into their first home are still well down on pre-GFC levels – and low-income renters are faring even worse.
Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.