No affordable rentals for Perth unemployed

More young people are sleeping rough or on couches due to rental in-affordability a report by Anglicare found.
More young people are sleeping rough or on couches due to rental in-affordability a report by Anglicare found.

THERE are no affordable rental properties in Perth for single people on Newstart or Youth Allowance a new report has found.

The Anglicare Rental Affordability snapshot surveyed more than 69,000 rental properties throughout the country over one weekend.

It found that just two of these properties were affordable to a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance.

The Anglicare report considers a house “affordable” if the rent is less than 30 per cent of their payments.

Figures provided by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert revealed that out of the 7898 rental listings in Perth there were no affordable rentals for a person on Newstart or Youth Allowance in Perth.

WA Greens senator Rachel Siewert supports an increase to Newstart payments.

Just 63 listings were affordable for a person on the age pension or the disability pension and 145 properties would be affordable to a person on a minimum wage.

Ms Seiwart called for an increase to the Newstart payment and said there is a rising trend of older single women experiencing housing stress and homelessness.

Newstart hasn’t had an increase in 25 years.

However, the Anglicare report said there needed to be a greater investment in social housing – specifically 300,000 Indigenous-specific rentals and 200,000 low-cost rentals to meet demand.

According to the report, this lack of affordability is driving up rates of homelessness in Perth and other capital cities.

You can read the full report here.