Survey undertaken in June 2020
-close to three in four have lost their jobs or lost hours
-one in five share-house residents skipped meals to afford necessities
-around 50% reported reduced mental health
-82% of the demographic are aged 35 or less
-some 50% in insecure work
-a fifth are visa holders –
-a fifth pawned or sold some possessions to pay for necessities; similarly some were unable to pay the rent or mortgage on time
-two in five moved house or changed occupants in their home
-68% transitioned to working from home or working longer hours for the same pay!
-prior to the Pandemic they were vulnerable but now more are suffering with rental stress!
-they are in insecure work within the most impacted sectors of arts and hospitality
–obviously JobKeeper and JobSeeker current payments need to be maintained
-and the Pandemic has highlighted the need for more social and affordable housing
–with our Youth having the highest unemployment; little savings; and in housing stress with long-term implications!