Investment wanted for social housing

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DUNKLEY MP Peta Murphy has used anti-poverty week to shine a light on local homelessness.

Ms Murphy said that 600 local people were currently homeless, and that a shortfall of 3000 social housing dwellings exists.

“Housing affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Australians, and the COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and affordable housing is,” Ms Murphy said.

“For months Labor has been calling on the Morrison government to invest more in social housing. It would provide thousands of jobs, stimulate the economy and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it. 

“There are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, particularly among women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, older women, veterans and our First Nations people.

“Labor is calling on the Morrison Government to create work for thousands of tradies in almost every suburb and town across Australia by investing half a billion dollars to fast-track urgent repairs to social housing. This is exactly what Dunkley needs.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 20 October 2020

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