Proposed Aus Greens housing policy to reduce homelessness
AN EXTRA 7000 dwellings for homeless people should be created as part of factory-built apartment blocks in a bid to reduce the problems, an Australian Greens policy has proposed.
The policy aims to use prefabricated modular housing boxes assembled into apartment blocks in cities in an effort to reduce homelessness.
Greens housing spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam said the minor party's policy also included doubling current funding for specialist homelessness services around the country.
It would involve building 7000 of these prefabricated housing blocks by 2020 and include a 50% target of using the modular housing instead of traditional homes or apartment blocks.
"There is no reason why any Australian should be denied the basic human right to shelter, but one in 200 of us are," Senator Ludlam said.
"The number of homeless people in Australia grew by17% between 2006 and 2011, as Australia's overheated and dysfunctional housing market overwhelmed efforts to reduce homelessness."