“Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Lesley Russell Australia’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 peoplehomeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on the streets. Around 7000 … [Read More] “Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

What a Difference a Month Makes, but Victoria Can Still do More to get Housing and Planning Right – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Katrina Raynor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing Project, University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne. The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years. This is … [Read More] What a Difference a Month Makes, but Victoria Can Still do More to get Housing and Planning Right – The Conversation

Government targeting struggling renters with housing affordability taskforce – ABC News

Extract from an article by Stephanie Anderson Low income earners struggling with rent could soon get a helping hand from the Commonwealth as it works towards a government bank to fund community housing. The Government is flagging action on affordable housing amid an ongoing political battle over the issue. It is establishing a taskforce to design … [Read More] Government targeting struggling renters with housing affordability taskforce – ABC News

Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Every Victorian deserves the safety and security of a home. But for many, that’s becoming increasingly harder. A significant number of Victorians, particularly young Victorians, are struggling to break into the housing market. House prices are rising and upfront costs – a deposit, stamp duty and fees – quickly add up. It’s getting harder for … [Read More] Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds The Victorian government’s new shared equity pilot scheme and vacant residential property tax are positive moves, but the bulk of the recently announced affordable housing measures won’t have a big impact, critics say. Under the new $50 million pilot scheme HomesVic, 400 first home buyers will have the opportunity … [Read More] Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market, Treasurer Scott Morrison has said. Morrison said housing would be a very strong focus of the budget and he stressed the rental … [Read More] Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

Statement—longer leases are welcome, but renters’ rights must not be reduced – VCOSS

Victoria’s peak social advocacy body has given qualified support to a State Government plan to make it easier for renters to broker five-year tenancy deals. The below remarks are attributable to Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King: “VCOSS believes Victorians renters should be supported to stay in their homes for longer, should they … [Read More] Statement—longer leases are welcome, but renters’ rights must not be reduced – VCOSS

Unlocking new communities and affordable housing – Victorian Planning Authority

Media Release The Victorian Government is taking action to boost land supply and cut delays in approvals to make housing more affordable for Victorians. The rezoning of 100,000 lots within two years in key growth corridors spread in seven of Melbourne’s growth councils will help tackle housing affordability head on. The planning of these 17 … [Read More] Unlocking new communities and affordable housing – Victorian Planning Authority

Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

ABSTRACT Dominating policy discourse has been the hypothesis that residence in “poverty neighbourhoods” can compound individual disadvantage. Prominent here are concerns about social exclusion and spatial entrapment. A contrary perspective is that low income communities often contain substantial social capital and that accessing relatively affordable housing available in such places may provide a basis for … [Read More] Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships. We examine the relationship between income poverty and housing pathways over an 18-year period to 2008, and develop consensual approaches to poverty estimation, housing deprivation, and the prevalence of … [Read More] Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

Long-Term Security For Tenants And Landlords – Premier of Victoria

Media Release Victorian renters will finally be able to enjoy the safety and security of long-term leases. Announced today by the Andrews Labor Government, a new long-term standard tenancy agreement will be developed for leases of more than five years. The change will mean greater security for both tenants and their landlords, providing stability for … [Read More] Long-Term Security For Tenants And Landlords – Premier of Victoria

Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

ABSTRACT Research suggests that third party-arranged home sharing (“TPAHS”) enables elders to remain at home in advanced age by connecting elder home owners with suitable live-in “matches.” TPAHS potentially saves elders, their families, and Medicaid budgets millions of a dollars per year in avoided and postponed nursing home costs. In interviews with elder TPAHS participants … [Read More] Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Somwrita Sarkar, Peter Phibbs and Roderick Simpson Australia’s global cities are a very large part of the nation’s economic success, but they are also generating significantly unequal incomes. Our recent research found that as Australian cities have grown, their income inequality has increased. Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow … [Read More] Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman Following the recent release of some new data on the use of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, David Kingman looks at whether it is really having a significant impact on would-be homeowners. Some new data recently released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and analysed … [Read More] How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Event – Social and affordable housing: Where to from here? CEDA

Melbourne, 16th March 2017 CEDA welcomes Housing Minister Martin Foley to discuss the Victorian Government’s social and affordable housing strategies, and new approaches to address this rising issue for Australia’s economic and social development. Speakers The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing  Public event  16/03/2017  Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, … [Read More] Event – Social and affordable housing: Where to from here? CEDA

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