ONE in three renters in the Canning electorate are struggling in housing they cannot afford, according to University of NSW analysis.
The analysis for the Everbody’s Home campaign revealed 36 per cent of renters in Canning were experiencing rental stress.
Canning came in second in WA, with 12,691 households experiencing rental stress.
The Burt electorate topped the list with 13,237 rental households experiencing rental stress.
The comparison analysis measured rents and incomes across electorates to identify the number of households in rental stress.
Shelter WA chief executive Michelle Mackenzie said the lack of social and affordable housing across WA impacted on many people in the community.
“People often have to make the tough choice in either paying for a roof over their head or a warm meal on the table,” she said.
National Everybody’s Home campaign spokesperson Kate Colvin said in WA 28 per cent of all households that rent were in rental stress.
“This is far too many people struggling to keep a roof over their head, as well as afford the basics of life,” she said.
“Under-investment in social housing, increasing rents and low wage growth mean that low income earners, and middle-income earners are struggling.”