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The WA Housing Hub is designed to be an interactive online platform to foster the sharing of information, generate discussion and promote collaboration across the housing community.

This section provides a summary of the latest news, events and policy updates relating to the WA affordable housing and homelessness sectors. If your organisation would like to share articles, reports, new housing and support service updates and information please contact us through info@wahousinghub.org.au. Shelter WA also sends out a fortnightly electronic newsletter available to everyone through the 'sign up' button at the bottom of this page.

New ABS data shows worrying housing affordability trends for those on low incomes

A recent release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) entitled ‘Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia, 2015-16’ shows worrying trends for those on a low income in private and public housing.

42.4% of those renting from a private landlord are paying 30-50% of their gross household income on housing; and another 17.8% are paying more than 50%.

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Shining a light on Anti-Poverty Week

About 240,000 people in WA live in poverty, with a further 150,000 at risk of falling below the poverty line.

Having an abundant supply of social and affordable housing, that meets the need of individual households, can assist in reducing housing costs for those in poverty.

Read Master Builders' director Michael McLean's report that was recently published in the Sunday Times.

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National Housing, Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC)

As part of its approach to addressing housing affordability, the Australian Government is proposing to establish a National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) charged with investing $1billion to improve housing affordability. 

The NHFIC will use tailored financing to partner with local governments, funding infrastructure to unlock new housing supply.

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