Sunrise host David Koch has been shocked by the story of a teenage boy forced to sleep in a tent amid an escalating housing crisis in Queensland.
Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley, who has been sleeping in a Brisbane park with his father for more than two weeks, told Kochie that he was struggling to sleep.
“Some nights I don’t get enough sleep, and some nights I can,” he told Shorouk.
“I see a lot of people do it callously, and most of the people I see do it callously in parks are actually teenagers.”
The teenager said rent is expensive in Brisbane and his father had been applying for permanent housing but had been out of luck.
‘We just wanted a home.’ ‘A roof over our heads,’ said Mr. Vecchio Stanley to Cauchy.
Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley (pictured) has been sleeping in a tent in a Brisbane park with his dad for two weeks and told Kochie he was struggling to sleep.
Vecchio Stanley said that the majority of the people he saw sleeping rough were teenagers
Ciara O’Loughlin filmed a mad series of potential renters waiting outside to inspect a flat in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, earlier this year amid Australia’s rent crisis.
The couple is currently receiving support from the Emmanuel City Mission, an organization that provides services to people experiencing homelessness.
“I also have to shout out to Emmanuel City Mission because without them, I would have food and clothes on my back or a shower every day,” he said.
The service provides a “day sanctuary” for rough sleepers as well as hot meals, clothes, loads of laundry and sanitary bags.
Coshy Jane Williams, executive director of the Queensland Property Council, asked if there was a short-term solution to Queensland’s worsening homes crisis.
She said Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk pledged on Tuesday to double its investment in “quick fixes” such as more hotels and motels for rough sleepers.
“It was also about helping with the rent,” Williams told Kochi.
“Affordability is a real issue with people moving out of the market, so we hope to fill that gap for some people. Also for things like food, basics, so people can pay rent as well.
Kochi Jane Williams, executive director of the Queensland Property Council, asked if there was a short-term solution to Queensland’s worsening housing crisis.
Under the new reforms, announced by the Queensland premier at Parliament House on Tuesday, land tax will be reduced by up to 50 per cent for rent-built developments that include at least 10 per cent of rents as affordable housing.
Landlords will only be able to increase rent once a year under the new reforms
Williams said changes to tax settings will allow developers to offer permanent rental housing to those in need.
Under the new reforms, announced by the Prime Minister at Parliament House on Tuesday, land tax will be reduced by up to 50 percent for rent-built developments that include at least 10 percent of rents as affordable housing.
Landlords will only be able to increase rent once a year under the new reforms.
On Monday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk opened QBuild Express Accommodation and Apprenticeship Center – a new factory in Brisbane that produces prefabricated frame homes and flat-packed rooms.
It is hoped that Eagle Farm will help pump more housing supply quickly into the market, as many of the homes exported are slated to be homes for provincial government employees.
QBuild is part of a $519.2 million government employee housing construction package that promises to build 439 homes over the next five years.
It comes as disheartening data revealed that up to a third of Australians expect the cost of living to cause them serious financial stress in the coming year.
A survey of 3,000 workers by the Australian Council of Trade Unions found that more than half of Australians use their savings to pay for daily expenses.
Devastating photos revealed the extent of the housing crisis in the case of the rising sun
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk opened the QBuild Express Accommodation and Vocational Training Center – a factory that produces prefabricated frame homes and flat-packed rooms – on Monday.
As many as 46 percent postponed or abandoned plans for a vacation, and one in four started skipping meals to make their weekly groceries last longer.
Of the people surveyed, 32 percent said the cost of groceries will continue to stress them out in the next 12 months, while the majority, 91 percent, said the cost of living has gotten worse over the past 12 months.
As many as 80 percent of workers surveyed said saving has become more difficult for their retirement with 68 percent having reduced or stopped buying non-essential items.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said the alarming data indicated workers were barely keeping their heads above water.
“A decade without wage growth and current inflation have left millions of Australians out of work, short on necessities and some even missing meals and avoiding visits to the doctor,” she said.