Everybody’s Home spokesperson Maiy Azize’s response to RBA Governor Philip Lowe’s Senate estimates comments regarding house sharing and the rental crisis.
“Home sharing or staying at home longer is not the solution to the housing crisis. Governments building more social and affordable housing is.
“Younger Australians are already living at home for longer than any previous generation. Working people are sharehousing until their thirties and forties. And many people on low incomes are stuck in overcrowded homes.
“Women shouldn’t have to decide between sharing a home with a violent partner or becoming homeless. Essential workers shouldn’t have to choose between overcrowded housing or moving away from their community, only to make our workforce shortages worse.
“The reality is that record numbers of homes have been built over the last ten years. Our system allows some people to hoard those homes, keep houses empty, and profit from record-high rents.
“Lecturing people who are already the system’s losers won’t help.
“If the Governor is serious about tackling Australia’s housing crisis, he would join the call for more affordable and social homes - instead of putting more pressure on people who are already paying the price for a broken system.”
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