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Nikki Stefanoff is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.
New data reveals the number of older Australians experiencing rent stress has increased by 11 per cent over the last year – prompting advocates to call for the government to increase CRA.
Older Australians are shown to be particularly vulnerable with the number of households experiencing rent stress increasing from 40,562 to 45,199 between 2019 and 2020 — an uptick of 11 per cent over the course of 12 months.
Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) acting CEO Kate Colvin said older Australians are vulnerable and being pushed to the brink of homelessness because the rising cost of rent consumes more and more of their income.
“Everyone needs a home, and CRA is intended to make private rentals affordable,” Colvin said.