The delivery of affordable housing in Australia is in desperate need of a shakeup, says UNSW City Futures Research Fellow Dr Laurence Troy.
Housing markets never have met the lowest-income households' needs. Now is the time to tackle problems that have been years in the making by creating a better system to supply their housing.
An innovative City Futures Research Centre report has found there are big savings in transport costs and increases in productivity from living closer to work.
If we recognised social housing as infrastructure as essential as transport links, schools and hospitals, not properly investing in it could become unthinkable.
Labor has made a substantial commitment to tackling inequality in Australia, but has taken a second-best approach to overcoming the huge shortfall of social housing.
Another affordable housing pact between the Commonwealth, states and territories came into effect this month. But with no new funding, the agreement may be different from predecessors in name only.
Affordable rental options for low-income households in Sydney need to be drastically improved according to City Futures Research Centre.
Based on research comparing projects across the country, a new assessment tool calculates cost-effective ways to fund affordable housing to meet specified needs in different markets.
Affordable housing projects are being shaped by bespoke and constrained funding rather than actual needs, UNSW researchers have found.
Chris Martin explains how a review of international housing rental markets has found aspects that Australia could emulate – and avoid.