Raise income above the poverty line. Give everybody a home.
This year for Anti-Poverty Week, Port Phillip Community Group is joining the call to raise income support above the poverty line and to build more public and social housing so that nobody has to experience homelessness.
Enough money to meet basic education, food and medication costs, and a safe, warm home. These should be fundamental rights of all Australians, not just some of us. However, currently 1 in 10 Australians are living in poverty, and 1 in 5 of them are children. We don’t think that this is OK, which is why we are joining the call for change.
Let's take action!
Raise income support above the poverty line.
Increase social and public housing by 7000 houses per year.
Currently, our lowest income support payments are about $44 a day. This is barely enough to cover the cost of rent, let alone food, medicaion, clothing, education and other essentials.
We are joining together with the Raise the Rate campaign in calling for this to be increased above the poverty line, permenantly.
Currently there are 82,000 vulnerable Victorians on the waitlist for social and public housing (including 25,000 children). Wait times for housing can take years, leaving many facing homelessness.
We are joining CISVic in calling on the Victorian Government to increase the social and public housing stock by 7,000 houses each year, for the next ten years.