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PAWSON, H., MARTIN, C., SISSON, A., THOMPSON, S. (CITY FUTURES RESEARCH CENTRE, UNSW) FITZPATRICK, S. (HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY) MARSH, A. (UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL)
The COVID-19: Rental housing and homelessness impacts report shows the gains made on reducing homelessness during the pandemic in 2020 are slipping away. It shows less than a third of those assisted with temporary hotel accommodation during the crisis were later transitioned into longer-term affordable housing, mainly due to a shortage of social housing available. At the same time, tens of thousands of people renting across the country now owe mounting rental debts, after having their payments deferred (but not reduced) while eviction moratoriums were in place.
This is the first of two planned reports from an ongoing investigation being undertaken as part of the UNSW-ACOSS Poverty and Inequality Partnership work program, and also supported by Mission Australia, National Shelter and Queensland Shelter.