The Australian Greens have announced that in the balance of power after the next election, they will push a plan to build one million, publicly owned, affordable fully-accessible homes across Australia, with 25,000 across Regional WA.
The Greens' push for secure housing comes as property prices surge to record highs, and a generation has been locked out of homeownership.
Greens Senator for Western Australia, Jordon Steele-John:
"We know that the South West housing crisis is at a breaking point. People are struggling to find an affordable place to live, and too many members of our community are experiencing homeless.
"Having a safe, secure roof over your head is a human right. And the government has a responsibility to protect the human rights of all of us, and ensure there is adequate housing.
"WA Labor intends to build around 3,300 social housing homes across all of WA. It is simply insufficient. We know that the South West public housing waiting list alone is over 1000 individuals and families, with the average wait time for a home 127 weeks, or almost 2 and a half years.
"The Greens plan will clear the public housing waiting list, make housing more affordable, and end homelessness. The one million homes will be built over 20 years, with 118,900 in Western Australia including 25,000 homes built across regional WA.
"Right now, many disabled people or older people are having an incredibly tough time finding a home to meet their needs. The 25,000 homes built in regional WA will be fully accessible to ensure everyone can live comfortably in these homes.
"Building more affordable homes in the South West will ensure young people can access a house, making it easier to stay in, or return to, the South West. The Home Building program will also create 1024 ongoing jobs, and 102 ongoing apprenticeships across regional WA.
"By making billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share of tax, and winding back handouts to big polluters, we can build a better life for all of us"
The Greens Plan includes:
- Establishment of a Federal Housing Trust who will construct and manage all dwellings in partnership with the State Government and Community Housing Providers.
- Build 18,800 new public and community houses in regional WA to slash public housing waiting lists and end homelessness.
- Build 3100 new shared ownership homes in regional WA to allow first-home buyers to buy a home in suburbs they want to live in for $300,000.
- Build 3100 new public universal access rental homes in regional WA to provide secure housing to more people and move towards universal housing.
Media Contact: Steele-John, Sophie Greer 0448 316 387