Join in the call for better services for the Homeless – especially affordable housing.

CEO Social Justice Blog

Many people in our region spent the final days of April in storm affected households without power, heating, telephone, T.V. etc. Some were even without water and some could not drive their car out of their driveway / street because of fallen trees.

After 7 or 8 days of doing without, we began to feel fairly miserable. However, the storm has given us the opportunity to experience something of the world of the homeless. Imagine having to endure these experiences for periods of 6 or 12 months, which is often the lot of the homeless.

Hopefully people will join in the call for better services for the homeless especially the provision of affordable housing.

Funding bodies (both Federal and State) promise to eliminate homelessness but without somewhere to live, this is surely almost impossible.

The recent Samaritans Rental Affordability snapshot highlighted the lack of housing quite starkly.  We do need, as a society, to ensure disadvantaged people have access and opportunity to enjoy full citizenship in their community. It has been clearly established by researchers such as Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF) that poverty is bad for your health and wellbeing whereas excessive wealth has no impact on your sense of wellbeing.

With some 55 millionaires in Australia reported to be paying no income tax, it is surely time for tax reform to ensure we have adequate funds to pay for essential social housing reforms.