Calls for action on housing issues in SA
A welfare group has called for urgent action by the South Australian government to deal with the state's housing affordability crisis.
The Anti-Poverty Network says the government should massively expand public housing stocks and improve the rights of tenants, including the provision of longer and more secure leases, and the right for renters to keep pets.
It also wants a moratorium on evictions, similar to that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, to prevent renters losing their homes as the cost of living soars.
"While the new state government has committed to building an extra 400 public homes over four years, with 17,000 people on the public housing waiting list and over 7000 people experiencing homelessness, this commitment falls massively short of what is needed," the group's spokesperson Pas Forgione said.
"We need thousands of extra public homes, not the hundreds offered.
"Moreover, no commitments have been made to limit the huge and unsustainable rises in private rents we have repeatedly seen, or strengthen the rights of tenants."
Low-income renters gathered on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide on Monday to support their calls for government action.