Welcome to the WA Housing Hub!
The WA Housing Hub is an innovative online engagement platform designed to foster information sharing, generate discussion and promote collaboration and partnerships throughout the housing community. It also includes an online directory of housing and homelessness services and supports across WA to assist housing consumers and housing practitioners.
Mortgage and rental stress, and housing diversity in WA - 2016 Census
The most recent data release from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing assists in understanding WA’s housing needs. The Census shows that almost one in ten Perth households are in rental or mortgage stress, spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent or mortgage repayments. It also shows a decline in outright home ownership, and raises the question if we are building the right type of houses to meet the current and projected demographic needs of our State.
Key Western Australian figures revealed:
18.3 per cent of households had a weekly household income of less than $650;
9.7 per cent of households renting were paying 30% or greater of household income on rent;
8.6 per cent of households with mortgage payments were paying 30% or greater of household income on their mortgage; and
28.5 per cent of occupied dwellings are owned outright, 39.7% owned with a mortgage while 28.3 per cent are rented.
Mental health, housing and homelessness
Recent research shows more than 25 per cent of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) clients with a mental health issue reported housing crisis as the main reason for seeking assistance.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently updated its Mental Health Services in Australia (MHSA) website with the new research.