The Affordable Housing Party is a progressive leaning, non-ideological single issue party dedicated to ending Australia's housing crisis and improving the rights of renters across Australia.
Andrew Potts, a former Greens supporter and former editor of the Sydney Star Observer newspaper, joined the party in 2015 after beginning his own activism on housing affordability and as the party's new National Convenor began a new membership drive, recruiting enough members to lodge paperwork to register the party with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Potts also worked hard to grow the party's social media presence, increasing its following on Facebook to a number rivalling that of the NSW Young Greens and NSW Young Liberals.
The party had been preparing to run Senate candidates in three states and the ACT. However the calling of an early Double Dissolution election in 2016 suspended the processing of the party's application by the AEC.
Potts successfully registered the party with the AEC in the middle of Homelessness Week in August of 2017 and the party contested the New England and Bennelong byelections, outpolling six other candidates in New England and four other candidates in Bennelong - many of those from more established parties.
The Affordable Housing Party is growing fast and is now recruiting candidates to stand at the next Federal Election.