The latest Rental Affordability Index confirms many Australians are facing deep rent stress.

Conny Lenneberg, Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, said the data reflected the struggles of low income renters the Brotherhood worked with in outer suburbs of major cities and regional areas.

This is the first release of the Rental Affordability Index since the Brotherhood of St. Laurence joined SGS Economics & Planning, National Shelter and Community Sector Banking as a sponsor.

"This study shows the depths of the housing crisis facing Australian renters on low incomes," Ms Lenneberg said. "People are facing deep challenges securing affordable housing in the private rental market, pushed further and further away from the areas from where the jobs are located.''

"For some vulnerable people who are unemployed, the combination of very low rates of Newstart - as little as $38.98 a day for a single unemployed person - and rising rents for even modest accommodation, is proving unbearable. The consequence is that people are being pushed into homelessness."

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