Where is the affordable rental housing for people on low incomes? Sadly, the answer is almost nowhere. The Anglicare 2014 Rental Affordability Snapshot shows there are no affordable homes to rent in any state capital except Brisbane and Hobart for people on Newstart or the youth allowance. The recent removal of the parenting payments from those whose youngest children turns eight - placing them instead on Newstart - reduces their chance of finding affordable rentals from 0.6 per cent to 0.1 per cent.
Today, 24 April, is World YWCA Day. Since 1855 the YWCA has been committed to empowering women and girls worldwide to claim their rights and create change in their lives and communities, with a focus on enabling women and girls to attain justice, peace, freedom, safety, health and human dignity.
On the 13 April 2013, the Zambian government launched a 3 year plan to end child marriages in all communities. Since more of these marriages happen in rural areas under traditional leaders, the launch was held in one such area which has a high record of forced, early child marriages. The traditional leaders were invited and it was open to the whole communities. YWCA Zambia was part of this memorable day, as it was through our work that issues of forced, early and child marriages were exposed as a form of violence against women. Read more from the YWCA of Zambia
In the last five years there has been a 44 per cent increase in older people living in the precarious private rental market. We know from our work that older women will be disproportionately affected. More affordable rental housing is a budget priority. Read an ABC News story about the numbers of older people at risk of homelessness in the insecure and unaffordable private rental market: