This IS a crisis. It is a national emergency, when 200,000 households are on the public housing waiting list. 200,000 households are either already homeless, or unable to afford both rent and adequate food and utilities.¹
The Greens housing policy would make a good starting point for serious political debate about what we have to do to solve the housing affordability problem.
We need a national housing strategy to ensure that enough housing is built, to suitable standards, to house all of those in housing need.
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?
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.