MEDIA RELEASE - HOMELESSNESS WILL RISE IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST - 16 DECEMBER 2020

PETA MURPHY MP

MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

HOMELESSNESS WILL RISE IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST

 

Homelessness in Melbourne’s South East is expected to rise by 8.2% per cent next year and 17.7% per cent more Australian families will experience housing stress, according to a new report commissioned by Everybody’s Home.

These aren’t just numbers. They are people in our community.

The report predicts that when JobKeeper ends in March and JobSeeker goes back to $40 a day, the number of people experiencing homelessness across Australia will rise.

Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy says “for months Labor has been calling on the Morrison Government to fund the construction of more social housing. This would be a win-win.  It would help with the economic fallout of COVID-19 and put a roof over the head of vulnerable Australians who desperately need it.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and affordable housing is,” Ms Murphy said.

“State governments are doing some important work here. But we also need national leadership.”
 
The Morrison Government failed to invest a single extra dollar in social housing in the Budget.

“The Prime Minister should make homelessness a priority for the National Cabinet,” Ms Murphy said.
 

 

16 DECEMBER 2020

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Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.