CWA call for urgent action on housing

Guyra CWA day branch President Heather Starr and Evening branch President Anne Starr
07th Sep 2021

CWA of NSW calling for urgent action on social and affordable housing options in rural and regional NSW
The COVID-19 pandemic and the financial stress it’s caused millions of NSW residents has highlighted the urgent need for more social and affordable housing options across the state, prompting the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW to advocate on the issue during its annual Awareness Week in September.
This year’s Awareness Week campaign runs from September 5 to 11 and has a particular emphasis on the social and affordable housing need in rural and regional NSW, as well as on women over 55 who are the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people in Australia.
“We acknowledge governments at all levels are committing resources towards social and affordable housing, but it is not keeping pace with the current demand, and the demand expected in the future,” said President of the Guyra Evening branch of the CWA of NSW, Anne Starr.
“Housing affordability is an issue of real urgency for communities right across NSW. COVID-19 restrictions have actually prompted many people in our large cities to look to the regions for a change of lifestyle, which has had the effect of pushing up housing prices in these areas and impacting locals who are either looking to get into the housing market, or looking for somewhere to rent,” Anne said.
During this year’s Awareness Week, the CWA of NSW is supporting recommendations from a raft of community housing providers around a dedicated fund for the provision of social housing properties; greater investment in a comprehensive maintenance program across existing social housing properties; more consideration of the need in rural and regional NSW; new strategies and reforms that could improve overall housing affordability across the state; and superannuation reforms and improvements to the rental assistance scheme that would assist low-income earners, particularly financially-vulnerable older women.