Pop-up youth shelters in empty hotels. Portable homes on vacant land set aside for roads. Innovative solutions are appearing to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne. But do they work and how well do they work?
Should we be opening up additional buildings and land across our cities? Or should we be concentrating on more long-term solutions?
In Sydney, Australian property group TOGA, in partnership with joint owner Qualitas, has made the former Addison Hotel in Kensington available revenue-free for a minimum of 12 months to be used as Australia’s first pop-up youth shelter.
Community housing provider My Foundations Youth Housing will run the Addison Project, providing accommodation for more than 42 vulnerable youth. Family and Community Services have 14 rooms for those who need temporary accommodation, while the remainder will go to young people needing a safe space to live and study while they secure more permanent solutions.
As part of The Addison Project, OzHarvest will open Australia’s first-ever rescued food supermarket – OzHarvest Market – in the building’s retail space. Social enterprise Orange Sky Laundry will make weekly visits while Thread Together will provide vital on-site services re-distributing surplus apparel.
My Foundations Youth Housing chair associate professor David McKenzie says the project is not intended as a solution to homelessness.
“It is a positive step in the right direction while we work towards addressing the provision of housing in a practical and immediate way,” he says. “The Addison Project is an excellent example of seizing an opportunity to provide a bold and innovative solution.”..(continues)
SOURCE: Sandra Edmunds, “Housing crisis: property industry finds some solutions but how well do they work”, The Fifth Estate, 06 April 2017
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