Last week was Homelessness Week, which highlights the issues associated with not having a safe place to call your own.
The most recent census revealed that more than 116,000 Australians are homeless, 900 of those in our own community. The most damning statistic is that the fastest growing group of homeless are women over 55 - our mothers, sisters and grandmothers.
The Morrison Government’s HomeBuilder scheme has been rich in marketing, but poor in execution. It is still not available to those in NSW and doesn’t put a single dollar towards social housing.
Investment in social housing not only stimulates the construction sector but provides a boost to the entire economy. During the GFC, the Labor Government kept the nation out of recession by providing $5 billion dollars towards 20,000 new social housing dwellings and repairing 80,000 others.
Social housing provides a roof over people’s heads and provides much needed work for our tradies and builders. We know it works, because we've done it before.