How to solve housing affordability literally overnight – Crikey

Extract from an article by Adam Schwab Now everyone (other than perhaps wealthy land barons) hopefully agree expensive housing is a problem that needs fixing, but what’s the best way to do it? We’ve long gone past the “are we in a housing bubble?” debate phase, with even the most strident housing bull no longer denying … [Read More] How to solve housing affordability literally overnight – Crikey

Australia Needs to Reboot Affordable Housing Funding, not Scrap it – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Chris Martin, Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice, UNSW & Hal Pawson, Associate Director – City Futures – Urban Policy and Strategy, City Futures Research Centre, Housing Policy and Practice, UNSW Federal government ministers have cast a cloud over funding for social housing and homelessness services, leading to speculation that the National Affordable … [Read More] Australia Needs to Reboot Affordable Housing Funding, not Scrap it – The Conversation

Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

ABSTRACT ‘Empowerment’ is often said to be a key objective of policies aiming to improve the lives of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This paper contends that Sen and Nussbaum’s influential ‘capability’ approach provides an appropriate means of operationalising this arguably nebulous concept. Via a critique of work-focused social enterprises in the homelessness field, … [Read More] Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

States drag feet on affordable housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Carolyn Whitzman Moral panic over recent increases in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne has brought to the fore the critical shortage of affordable housing across the metropolitan areas of Australia’s wealthiest cities. But living on the street is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more households are living in … [Read More] States drag feet on affordable housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Preschool Education Australia, 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Extract KEY FINDINGS This publication presents statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia in 2016. The results are compiled from data collected through the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. Children enrolled in and attending preschool programs are disaggregated by various classifications including state/territory, indigenous status, Remoteness Areas and … [Read More] Preschool Education Australia, 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Unsettled: Life in Australia’s Private Rental Market – Choice, National Shelter & NATO

INTRODUCTION – Extract Australia has traditionally been a nation of homeowners. However, as the dream of the quarteracre block dwindles, more and more of us are renting. Between 1994-5 and 2013-14 the number of Australians renting increased from 25.7% to 31%.1 While home ownership offers many advantages, renting is not necessarily bad for consumers or society more broadly. Many advanced economies such … [Read More] Unsettled: Life in Australia’s Private Rental Market – Choice, National Shelter & NATO

The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

Report Description This report investigates how services supporting those experiencing homelessness are funded, and how different forms and levels of funding, together with diverse funding sources, impact on the delivery of homelessness assistance. This study is based on nine case studies focused on different service models, organisational forms and potential new ways of funding services … [Read More] The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

“Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Diana Perche, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented the ninth annual Closing the Gap report to parliament this week. In keeping with previous reports, it outlined limited progress on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. These … [Read More] “Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Housing First and the Reassembling of Permanent Supportive Housing: The Limits and Opportunities of Private Rental – Housing, Theory and Society

ABSTRACT Third sector agencies have played a central role in the social innovation of permanent supportive housing following deinstitutionalization and the emergence of a choice-based regime. This paper traces the reassembling and translation of permanent supportive housing that gained particular saliency through the globalised Housing First movement and the reassembling of private rental as a … [Read More] Housing First and the Reassembling of Permanent Supportive Housing: The Limits and Opportunities of Private Rental – Housing, Theory and Society

States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne. Moral panic over recent increases in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne has brought to the fore the critical shortage of affordable housing across the metropolitan areas of Australia’s wealthiest cities. But living on the street is only the tip of the … [Read More] States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper South Australia has launched the country’s first homelessness social impact bond, which will support 600 people through a program focused on life skills and employment pathways. The $9 million bond, called Aspire, is a partnership between Social Ventures Australia, the South Australian government, and not-for-profit organisations Hutt St … [Read More] Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

If Australia has a housing crisis, supply is the answer – Financial Review

Extract from an article by Robert Pradolin Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis. For those of us who live and work in our cities, the level of homelessness we see on our streets serves as a daily reminder of the lack of housing. As federal Treasurer Scott Morrison said earlier this month, “it is all … [Read More] If Australia has a housing crisis, supply is the answer – Financial Review

Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

Extract from an article by Farah Tomazin Melbourne City Council’s crackdown on CBD homeless camps won’t fix the problem, and could even worsen the “already perilous” state of highly vulnerable people, according to the Andrews government’s new adviser on rough sleeping. Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson has also warned against setting national … [Read More] Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Australia is falling short in its progress towards almost all its targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, the 2017 Closing the Gap report released by Malcolm Turnbull shows. “Successes are being achieved, however progress overall nationally is too slow,” the report says. It presents a mixed picture. While there are … [Read More] The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

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