Homelessness is a growing problem across Mornington Peninsula and Frankston areas as the cost of housing rentals increases. The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Homelessness is up 80% from 2006 to 2011 across the Mornington Peninsula area.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Social Planner, Peter Sibly said housing affordability is becoming a prominent issue.
“From young home buyers, older people, people living with a disability, young people, single-parent families, people with a mental illness and disenfranchised and displaced people – the housing affordability problem is real and unfortunately it’s growing,” he said.
According to online real estate listing website realestate.com.au, the average rental cost of a two-bedroom flat is now $270 per week.
On average, the percentage of affordable rental housing on the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston is only 21.3%.
Councillor Antonella Celi said the council has a more work to do to provide affordable housing and reduce homelessness.
“I am very aware of the increasing hardships being faced by people with a low income, and the growing problem of housing affordability for many of our residents,” she said.
On 6 August 2014, Cr Celi and Mr Sibly joined around 40 other people at the Salvation Army in Rosebud for the Peninsula Housing Network’s homelessness ‘sleep out’. The event was the first of its kind in the area and raised almost $1000 for local homelessness services.
“While we can assist with emergency housing provision and raising awareness of housing issues – such as supporting this event – it is by truly working together as a community that we can achieve the best outcomes, “Cr Celi said.
For housing assistance please contact Peninsula Youth and Family Services Crisis Centre on:
Rosebud 5986 7122 or Frankston 9784 5000.
Words Laura Sedgwick
Pictured: Mornington Peninsula Mayor Cr Antonella Celi and other attendees of the Peninsula Housing Network sleep out recently