Posted August 24, 2018 05:59:37 Today marks the start of a new era in homesharing, with Australia’s first homeship orders for the most vulnerable residents beginning.
In a bid to address housing insecurity in the country, the Government has announced the rollout of homeshippers’ homeships.
The order will begin in October and will see the first home owners in Australia eligible to get a temporary home in return for living in the community for a period of up to 12 months.
“It is a historic day in our country,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
“This will enable the most disadvantaged people to get access to a new home, and ensure that they are supported while they are in this new life.”
“The homeship is a real step forward for our country and I thank the Homeowners’ Association of Australia and the Home Owners Association of New South Wales for their support of this initiative,” he added.
“The Government will continue to work closely with the Homebuyers’ Association to deliver the homeship and I look forward to seeing what the community and the Government have in store for them.”
More than 40,000 homes have been delivered to residents since the initiative was announced.
The scheme will allow households with a median income of less than $25,000 to get into temporary housing.
For people with incomes over $30,000, the scheme will offer a two-year period of accommodation.
More than 30,000 people will be eligible to apply.
“People are going to have to be very flexible and willing to take time out to look after themselves,” said Julie Wilson, who has lived in the Melbourne CBD for the past six years.
“There’s no guarantee they will get their homes, and if they don’t, they may have to find another place to live.”
Homeshipping has been a hot topic in the local community since the launch of the scheme.
The Government’s plan is the first step towards bringing homesharers into the community.
Residents will be able to apply for the homeshipper, which is expected to cost around $5,000.
The homeshippage will run from November to March 2019.
The plan will see around 3,000 families in the region moved to temporary housing, including those with permanent or temporary disabilities.
“I think the scheme is an incredible opportunity to start building a community that is strong, resilient and accepting of people,” Mr Morrison said.
Homeship orders are currently offered to people aged 16 to 80, who have lived in Australia for five years. “
We have seen what happens when people are supportive, they come back to their homes and they make a contribution.”
Homeship orders are currently offered to people aged 16 to 80, who have lived in Australia for five years.
The government has been trying to build support for homeships in the state for years.
Mr Morrison says it is a way to help the Government make its way through the challenges facing the community, including rising housing costs and the ageing population.
The Minister says he has heard from people across the state who say they will be moving into temporary homes.
“As the housing affordability situation continues to worsen, and the demand for affordable housing increases, it is important that we provide the most secure and affordable option for people who need it,” Mr Morrison said.
The Prime Minister says the scheme represents the biggest change in the way homes are available to Australians since the introduction of the Medicare card.
He says the program will be “very beneficial” for the Government’s efforts to tackle the state’s housing affordability crisis.