The last time an Australian government made housing the homeless a priority was 15 years ago. The Albanese government’s promised plan is a second chance to get it right.
The strategy’s core mission should be to ensure everyone in Australia has adequate housing. That requires 950,000 social and affordable rental dwellings to be built by 2041, dwarfing current targets.
Why are some of the problems with housing stress and homelessness worse in New South Wales than in other states?
The main driver of homelessness in Australia is housing costs – post-COVID rents, house prices and interest rates are all much higher. To house everyone, the housing system needs a major overhaul.
An alternative approach to welfare could replace policies that are failing to address homelessness.
While the Productivity Commission’s critique of the national housing agreement is justified, its faith in the market is not. The Albanese government is right to invest in building social housing.
While we wait for a national housing plan, inflation threatens to squeeze more households out of their homes and onto the streets.
Getting on the priority wait list is so challenging some applicants just give up.
Finding stable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing prison leavers. Access to public housing flattens the curve on recidivism.
In Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, housing cooperatives help both renters and those wanting to own a secure, high-quality home. Better housing options for Australia are waiting in plain sight.