Hanging on to housing
Keeping people in housing is far more effective than allowing them to become homeless and having to re-establish a home. The Salvation Army’s 2017 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) report showed that more than 40 per cent of respondents who were seeking financial aid had moved house more than twice in the past 12 months. The disruption that this causes to households isn’t helping anyone.
There are models of tenancy advocacy and support that have been shown to be incredibly successful at keeping people in public housing and these have recently been extended to community housing as well. However, most of Victoria’s struggling renters are in the private rental market and don’t have access to these programs.
That’s why we think that the Victorian Government should expand funding for programs that sustain at-risk tenancies across all forms of housing, including private rental, for people on the lowest incomes.
For more detailed discussion about this issue, see The Salvation Army Victoria 2018-19 State Budget Submission.