Affordable housing – some small moves to fix a big problem

OXYGEN FILES: Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis and although affordable housing is generally considered a state and federal concern, local governments are now stepping up the plate.

No Place Like Home – repairing Australia’s housing crisis

BOOK REVIEW: Regular readers of The Fifth Estate who have been following our coverage of housing issues – around affordability, sustainability, homelessness and urban planning are going to love this book.

Social enterprise real estate agency launches in Sydney

A real estate agency launched in Sydney last week aims to change the game on affordable housing by connecting those in need with investment property owners keen to be part of the solution.

Forum releases plan on how to tackle housing crisis

From the Affordable Housing Forum That Sydney is the second-most unaffordable city in the world was not lost on close to 200 people who came together to discuss practical solutions to the chronic underinvestment in social and affordable Housing crisis in Sydney. Diverse participants from all levels of government, development industry, community housing sector, NGOs, […]

Housing crisis: property industry finds some solutions but how well do they work

Pop-up youth shelters in empty hotels. Portable homes on vacant land set aside for roads. Innovative solutions are appearing to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne. But do they work and how well do they work? Should we be opening up additional buildings and land across our cities? Or should we be […]

The case for investing in last resort housing

From Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute: The number of people sleeping rough in Melbourne’s streets has increased by over 70% in the last two years. Homelessness is now at emergency levels. Key causes are the unaffordability of housing, people escaping domestic violence and a structural lack of social housing. There has been a reduction in the supply […]

New national shows tenants live in a climate of fear

From Choice: The rental market in Australia appears to have become something like a war zone. According to a new national study co-authored by CHOICE, thousands of tenants are being discriminated against and live in a climate of fear. The research, undertaken by CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations and National Shelter, found that 83% of […]

Affordable housing scheme at Dapto faces scrutiny

From ABC illawarra A proposal for a major housing development at Dapto is facing scrutiny over the number of homes set aside for affordable housing. A development application for the $49 million project proposes 144 apartments and 32 townhouses on the former Dapto Public School site, in the New South Wales city of Wollongong. An […]

Fact-checking Scott Morrison on affordable housing

The Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has been seeking solutions to the problem of affordable housing in London. So let’s do some fact-checking on his position.

Nightingale Model & the cusp of big changes in housing

The Nightingale Model is going gangbusters. This triple-bottom-line approach to developing innovative housing in inner-city Melbourne is gaining momentum across Australia with 11 projects now boasting a Nightingale licence, including two in WA. UrbanGrowth NSW has expressed an interest in bringing the concept up to Sydney, there’s watchful eyes in the ACT, potential buyers registering their […]