From ABC, October 9, 2006
Aust facing national housing crisis: UN
A preliminary report by the United Nations on housing availability in Australia has accused governments of failing to address homelessness and of breaching human rights.
The UN's Special Rapporteur on Housing, Miloon Kathari, toured Australia in August at the request of the Commonwealth.
The UN's initial findings call the lack of housing for poor or vulnerable people a 'national crisis'.
Executive director of Shelter South Australia, Gary Wilson, says few people realise the extent of the problem.
"Housing is a hidden crisis because most of us are comfortably well off," he said.
"We either own our own home or we're purchasing a home, but for people on the bottom 40 per cent of incomes, there's a lack of affordable, adequate, appropriate, safe and secure housing."
The final UN report is due for release early next year.