Make an impact
Let’s live in a nation where everyone knows the peace of mind of having a place they call home. By supporting Homes for Homes, you can help change lives for the better, forever, and create a society that makes us all feel proud.
Because no one should have to live without a home
It’s happening night after night in Australia. People are sleeping on the street, in cars or urgently looking for crisis accommodation. They are our most vulnerable women and men, as well as young families, including over 44,000 children. These people are being forced to live this way because of a chronic shortage of affordable housing.
But it’s much more than just a roof over your head. Having a place to call home is linked to well-being. It enables us to lead a life, to do things like wash and cook meals, hold down a job or attend school, and it affects how others see us too. So it should come as no surprise that homelessness results in greater dependence on welfare.
Research shows that there is a deficiency of more than 600,000 social and affordable homes in Australia, this is projected to be in excess of one million by 2036. This crisis is too big for any entity, charity or individual to tackle alone. Instead, this is a call for us all to come forward with a promise of support.
Homes for Homes means homeless no more
There are over nine million homes in Australia and if each homeowner made a promise to contribute just 0.1% of the property’s sale price to Homes for Homes, homelessness would no longer be a problem.
To put this in context, on a $750,000 home, that is a tax-deductible donation of $750 to Homes for Homes. This gift is transferred as part of the settlement process so it’s money you wouldn’t normally see and therefore most likely won’t even miss, making it something that most of us could easily manage.
The property that you’ve sold will remain registered with Homes for Homes, allowing for future donations whenever it changes hands again. That’s unless the new owner decides to withdraw from Homes for Homes which they can at any time.
Also, it’s not just residential property sales that can help end homelessness. The same promise can be made on the sale or lease of offices, retail outlets, warehouses and factories. Renters can contribute too by donating 0.1% of their monthly rent. All donations made to Homes for Homes are tax-deductible.
Funding affordable dwellings for our most vulnerable
We are not builders, developers or real estate agents. But we work with all these people. In fact, we rely on them to help spread the Homes for Homes message.
Donations from each property sale will remain in that state or territory and will be added to the growing pool of funds. Then when sufficient money is raised in a state or territory, we will invite experienced housing providers to submit their proposals via an open tender process.
Those who create social and affordable housing may come from the not-for-profit or commercial sector. Though we will always rely on investment and state-specific housing advisory groups to review proposals and provide recommendations to Homes for Homes. This is to ensure these funds are always put to best use.
Ending the poverty cycle for generations
Homelessness affects schooling and whether or not you can get and keep a job. So for youngsters who grow up homeless, the poverty cycle just continues. But Homes for Homes can change that. While the full impact will depend on uptake, it is projected that over 30 years, Homes for Homes is on track to raise $1 billion of new funding to create long term social and affordable housing.
But that’s not all. Investing funds this way will create new jobs in the building sector and this economic flow-on will benefit everyone. Also, when you consider that a person without proper housing costs society $30,000, annually, compared to $1,800 for someone with a roof over their head, Homes for Homes is the promise of a better future for us all.