File photoFOR those on a youth or Newstart Allowance, it’s often hard to get by and find affordable housing.
According to a recent Anglicare study, it’s even harder if you live in Orange.
The latest annual Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that out of the 201 rental properties advertised on April 1, only two were affordable and suitable properties for a single parent with two children on the Parenting Payment.
For those receiving a Disability Support Pension, not one flat, townhouse or share accommodation was affordable and appropriate.
Anglicare Community Services business manager Danielle Davis, said the undersupply of affordable rentals in Orange was extremely concerning.
“The housing affordability crisis is taking a huge toll on individuals and families in our community – it’s a problem that needs to be addressed,” she said.
“We see young people and single parent families severely impacted by the lack of suitable housing options across Orange.
“We also know that without secure and affordable housing the basic foundation for their well-being is severely undermined.”
Out of the 14 considered household types, only families earning minimum wage had any significant access to rental properties.
“Families on a dual minimum wage had 110 suitable properties available but that number is cut back to 21 for single parents earning a minimum wage income,” Mrs Davis said.
“For many single parents, housing is their biggest expense and therefore their biggest stress.”
Comparing 2015 data to 2016, the rental affordability crisis has shown no improvement.
Anglicare Western NSW said it will continue to support people in housing stress and continue to campaign for public and private investment in new affordable housing stock to address the shortfall in affordable housing stock.
It is also calling for an immediate increase to the Commonwealth Rent Assistance to relieve rental stress.
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