Over 1.5 Million Australians are living in housing stress, spending more than 30% of their household income on paying their mortgage or rent. As a result, they often experience poor health and struggle to pay bills, buy food for their family and afford appropriate medical care.
In Victoria alone, there’s a waitlist of 82,000 people seeking public housing, highlighting the extreme shortage and access there is to affordable housing.
A key contributor to this situation is the severe lack of funding for housing projects that could provide accommodation for people in need. This shortage is only expected to grow, from a shortage of 200,000 social and affordable houses needed in Australia to 600,000 by 2030.
The need in Victoria is critical. The growing absence across our communities of affordable and adequate housing (both rental and for sale) available for low income families adds to the struggle; with many Victorians finding it difficult to do more than just survive.
Habitat for Humanity Victoria believes that access to decent and affordable housing is a basic human right. Having stable and secure housing is a foundation for life. Therefore, we are doing what we can to increase the supply of decent and affordable housing to help low income families living in housing stress to have a place to call home.
We believe in the empowerment that comes from home ownership. We know that having a place to call home creates improved outcomes in education, employment, health and lifestyle; for children and parents. By partnering with people in our community we can help people to build or improve a place they can call home. With you support we can help our Partner families to own their own home and achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
We invite and encourage you to join us as we seek to build a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home; especially within our community in Victoria.