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Housing ‘crisis’ impacting most South Australians: survey

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Most South Australians feel personally affected by the current housing “crisis”, a survey of more than 200 InDaily readers shows.

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The survey, conducted by the University of South Australia and community housing provider Believe Housing Australia, found 95 per cent of readers knew someone struggling in the housing market.

It found 84 per cent of readers were worried about housing availability impacting their community, while 92 per cent said they were worried about homelessness in Adelaide and other parts of SA.

Results from the 10-question survey, conducted in March, have been published in a new report looking at how South Australia should respond to shrinking rental availability and a skyrocketing property market.

The “Beyond the Housing Crisis – A Home for All” report, released this week, found rental availability is at its worst in SA, with vacancy rates hitting 0.2 per cent in March.

Researchers have called for a “coordinated, focussed response across government and multiple sectors” to put an end to what they describe as a housing “crisis”.

“It is evident, both through election polls and outcomes, and the results of the InDaily survey, that there is a strong community appetite for change,” Believe Housing Australia executive general manager Michelle Gegenhuber said.

“Everyone is already working as hard as they can, but the impacts will always fall short while we work within a failing system.

“We know that when people are securely housed, savings through increased social participation and reduced service use far outweigh the cost of investment.”

According to the report, more than 6000 South Australians experience homelessness each night and more than 30,000 people are on the state’s social housing waiting list.

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