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"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." -Maya Angelou
Affordable housing is a right for all Western Australians. Lynn is working hard in Parliament toward the elimination of housing related poverty and to ensure that all West Australians have access to adequate, safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing. This requires an investment in public and community housing throughout the community to ensure its social and economic viability. Housing affordability should be measured to account for the full cost of living in a particular place- including energy and transport costs as well as access to services and employment.
It is the government’s responsibility to provide sufficient public and community housing to meet the current need and projected demand. This includes a mix of affordable options, including private rental housing, community housing, public housing and shared equity with social housing providers. Lynn is fighting to ensure that public housing waiting lists have minimal waiting times, for an increased provision of emergency accommodation and transitional housing for people in need as well as greater diversity in housing to meet the accessibility needs of changing demographics.
In addition, the existing subsidies and incentives for property investment in Western Australia should be reviewed with a view to guarantee housing affordability across all tenure types. This includes improved legal security of tenure and reduced discrimination. Lynn supports the design for maximum energy efficiency meeting or exceeding a national six-star rating. Urban design and housing efficiency standards are increasingly important, as are reforming existing incentives and tax structures to more effectively support housing affordability for lower and middle income Australians.