How small is too small?
There are three aspects to affordable housing developments, where is the money coming from to build or purchase affordable housing, what is the design of the affordable housing - what is going to be built and for whom, and how is that housing to be managed?
What do we call those people who are homeless for no better reason than flat-lined fixed incomes and massively inflating house prices forced them out of the housing market?
No-one on any pension anywhere in the country – except a few searingly hot and isolated country towns – can afford the lowest market rentals for habitable accommodation. Simple as that.
Affordable housing can, and in fact, must be innovative with its property management. There is a perception that some rental tenants are difficult to manage and represent a danger to the surrounding community. However, if the properties are well designed and a good management plan is put into place that risk can be mitigated.
The public housing system, if we choose to use it, very often denies us the right of choice, and very often exposes us to danger.