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?
We believe that all new affordable housing developments should occur within a national framework that identifies suitable locations for such housing developments. Those developments should take the form of resilient and sustainable neighbourhoods, many should be rental, and all should come under lifetime management plans so they do not deteriorate over time. A national framework... Continue Reading →
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?
Many people, particularly older people, now recognise they will never own their own home. They are letting go of the Australian Dream of home ownership and accepting that they will be renting for the rest of their lives. Rental is likely to become the norm In some ways rental can be seen as a good... Continue Reading →
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.