Date published: Monday 19 March 2018
Category(ies): Media release
Baptist Care Australia is helping to launch the Everybody's Home housing campaign this week at the National Press Club. Special guests will be attending to bring the voice of experience in community housing to the launch - resident, Jaci Layne, and Community Housing Manager, Jenny King.
Marcia Balzer, Executive Director of Baptist Care Australia said, "Baptist Care Australia is participating in the Everybody's Home campaign to help change the public discussion from houses to homes.
"Australia's housing system is broken, and we urgently need to take action. Recent ABS data showed that homelessness is on the rise, particularly for women over the age of 55.
"Everyone needs a home, and a community too. That's why this campaign is so important. It calls for action to provide housing solutions for all Australians."
Jenny King, the Community Housing Manager for BaptistCare Clinton Place in Goulburn knows firsthand the importance of having a secure home and a supportive community.
"A house is so much more than an economic asset - it's about having a place to call home where you can feel safe and be part of a community. There's a high demand for safe and secure community housing properties in New South Wales, including in regional areas like Goulburn.
"Without community housing, many of our residents would very likely be homeless. Through our service, we provide support to help residents to access the services they need to live a full and satisfying life," Ms King said.
Longtime Clinton Place resident Jaci Layne knows firsthand the difficulties not having a home creates.
"Seven years ago, I was floating around staying with friends and family, trying to not overstay my welcome. I couldn't afford a private rental and my situation was a constant strain on my relationships," Ms Layne said.
"I'm a completely different person to the one that moved in to community housing - I am so much more confident and happy. Not having to worry about being kicked out or having to relocate all the time is a huge relief. It's wonderful that I am able to living in a community of people around my own age - I also have a lot of friends and a much better relationship with my family."
Baptist Care Australia is proud to be part of the launch of Everybody's Home, a sector-wide campaign to challenge political parties to rethink housing policy and embrace new models of development, ownership and support. We are campaigning for:
- Support for first homebuyers - we need to rebalance our tax system to make it fairer for ordinary Australians wanting to buy a home.
- More social and affordable rental homes - develop a National Housing Strategy to meet Australia's identified shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable rental homes. We need more homes for local communities, not for profits.
- A better deal for renters - get rid of "no grounds" evictions and unfair rent rises so that the 1 in 3 Australians who rent have the security they need to create homes, build lives and raise families.
- Immediate relief for Australians in chronic rental stress - increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance for the thousands of Australians who are struggling to pay the rent.
- A plan to end homelessness by 2030 - with real effort we can halve homelessness in five years - and end it in 10.
The three spokespeople will be available for interviews in Canberra on the day of the launch - Tuesday 20th March.
The Baptist Care Australia network serves people in aged care, affected by family violence and homelessness, on low incomes, experiencing relationship breakdown, and affected by multigenerational disadvantage. Member organisations have an annual turnover of more than $700 million, employ more than 9000 staff and engage more than 2500 volunteers each year. Baptist Care Australia draws on the policy and operational expertise of members to advocate on issues such as, social housing and homelessness, inequality and disadvantage, disability services, aged care, children and youth, and domestic and family violence.