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

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

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

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

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

5 ways we could make buying a house more doable – ABC News

Extract form an article by Michael Collett It’s easy to see why young Australians might feel like they’ll never catch up to rising house prices. After all, a parliamentary inquiry spent almost two years looking into the affordability problem (/crisis) and came to the conclusion that there was nothing it could recommend. But there are ideas … [Read More] 5 ways we could make buying a house more doable – ABC News

An Agenda for Housing Plus (UK) – LSE Housing & Communities

Extract What is Housing Plus? The Agenda for Housing Plus explores the ambitions of social landlords to house people in need of a home, at a rent they can afford, in conditions that will help them, their families and communities to flourish. Housing Plus is about the wider activities of social landlords in low-income communities beyond simply renting … [Read More] An Agenda for Housing Plus (UK) – LSE Housing & Communities

Shared ownership can help make housing affordable for people with disability – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Ilan Wiesel and Karen R Fisher The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to help more people with disability access the support services they need to live independently in the community. But the majority of NDIS participants have low incomes. So, without substantial financial assistance, they struggle to find affordable housing … [Read More] Shared ownership can help make housing affordable for people with disability – The Conversation

Warming up to climate-sensitive design – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Nicola Viselli and Erica Chan With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features developers might consider to make their buildings more comfortable in this increasingly extreme environment? Ever-increasing property … [Read More] Warming up to climate-sensitive design – The Fifth Estate

New OECD Affordable Housing Database – OECD

SUMMARY Access to good-quality affordable housing is a fundamental need and key to achieving a number of social policy objectives, including reducing poverty and enhancing equality of opportunity, social inclusion and mobility. Housing needs are frequently unmet, and today a significant number of people across the OECD are homeless and too many households live in … [Read More] New OECD Affordable Housing Database – OECD

Housing: It’s not affordable housing we need to build but communities (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe The British Government is this week floating a new policy initiative to create affordable housing, with, for the first time for a Conservative government, an emphasis on renting rather than buying. But all governments wishing to meet the demand for affordable homes could look to Germany and Vienna for … [Read More] Housing: It’s not affordable housing we need to build but communities (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Housing: Passivhaus retrofits cut social housing bills by 80 per cent – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell A pilot scheme to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Britain has seen energy consumption slashed by more than 80 per cent. The Retrofit Plus project – a collaboration between Beattie Passive, Birmingham City University, InteSys Ltd and iZDesign – was designed to investigate how upgrades to … [Read More] Housing: Passivhaus retrofits cut social housing bills by 80 per cent – The Fifth Estate

The delicate balance of ‘build to rent’ (UK) – The Resolution Foundation

Extract from an article by Lindsay Judge How times change. Twenty five year ago less than one in ten families rented their home from a private landlord; today that figure stands at close to one in five. Renting is no longer the tenure of just the footloose and fancy-free who prize the flexibility that it … [Read More] The delicate balance of ‘build to rent’ (UK) – The Resolution Foundation

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