Homelessness and housing stress are serious issues in the Augusta Margaret River community, and are exacerbated by a lack of affordable housing, a shortage of social housing, and lack of services to support people experiencing housing difficulties.
Just Home Margaret River Inc. is a grassroots movement for housing justice based in Augusta Margaret River (WA). We are a dynamic collective led by people with lived experience of homelessness and their allies. Our goal is that everyone has access to appropriate, accessible, low cost, secure and sustainable housing or shelter.
Our goal is that everyone has access to appropriate, accessible, low cost, secure and sustainable housing or shelter.
Our vision is to live in a community where secure, stable shelter is accessible for everyone.
Our mission is to promote and facilitate appropriate secure and sustainable housing and shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
Housing Injustice In Augusta Margaret River
Did you know that Margaret River is actually a very unaffordable community to live in? Only 37% of renters in Augusta-Margaret River can afford the median rent without suffering housing stress. When comparing rent prices to income, housing in AMR is ‘severely unaffordable’, and is comparable to Melbourne, Australia’s second most unaffordable city. AMR has the some of the lowest incomes and highest rental prices in the South West.
The high cost of living in the AMR area is due to lack of public transport, high food and fuel costs, and extensive casual and seasonal employment in the dominant tourism and viticulture industries. Underemployment and seasonal employment contribute significantly to the low incomes experienced in our community. Decades of government funding cuts to the South West has also resulted in a significant lack of social services to deal with extensive social issues including mental health, underemployment, homelessness and housing stress, poverty, substance misuse, and family, domestic and sexual violence.
Augusta-Margaret River has a serious lack of public housing. We have the 9th highest level of ‘demand’ for public housing in WA. Just Home estimates that AMR needs an additional 200 public housing dwellings. Meanwhile, approximately 30% of homes in AMR are unoccupied, and most would be holiday homes.
We participate in advocacy and activism that promotes community health, care and wellbeing regarding housing related self-determination.
The Reality of Homelessness
Homelessness in Augusta-Margaret River is defined as:
- sleeping rough
- sleeping in an improvised dwelling
- sleeping in a tent or car
- needing crisis accommodation but not able to access any
- sleeping in temporary accommodation such as ‘couch surfing’
- sleeping in an overcrowded house
- sleeping in a caravan or caravan park
- sleeping in a hostel
It is very difficult to know exactly how many people are homeless in Augusta-Margaret River. Through our Housing Information and Referral Service, Just Home currently works with more than 70 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community.
Rates of homelessness fluctuate seasonally, and are higher in summer. Homelessness can be related to other social issues, including domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, financial difficulties and unemployment, and health issues such as mental illness and substance use.
In AMR, the high price of housing is a key cause of homelessness. There are very few affordable shelter options for people experiencing homelessness in our community.
Are You Struggling? >>Contact Us.
NEED CRISIS HELP NOW? Just Home is unable to provide 24 hour and crisis services, but if you need help now, try these resources:
Crisiscare 1800 199 008
www.dcp.wa.gov.au – Crisis and Emergency Care
Life line 13 11 14
www.lifeline.org.au – Crisis Chat
Homelessness Australia (08) 9223 1188 or STD 1800 007 339