As many as 50 churches owned by the Uniting Church in metropolitan Sydney alone lie dormant and unused. Meanwhile there is a shortage of crisis and affordable accommodation.
The truth is, governments have the power to solve social housing shortages and homelessness. But once social housing becomes a bloody-minded numbers game of delays, deficits, and denials, it invariably degenerates into the dark art of political obfuscation.
Multiple rooms in the average Australian home would have to be significantly renovated to access the government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, a program aimed at keeping the construction industry afloat as Australia heads into its first recession in almost three decades.
It’s hard to think of more visceral impact on our sense of wellbeing than the thought of losing our home.
Covid-19 is stirring up the possums and breathing life into old ideas that many Australians of all political shades thought would never see the light of day again.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the precarious state of Australia’s private rental market and put a spotlight on homelessness.
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.
HOUSING INNOVATION: New housing designs in Wales use locally grown timber frames and cladding, together with high levels of insulation made from recycled newspaper – a combination that locks up atmospheric carbon in the building form.
A modest Passivehaus social housing estate has scooped up the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, one of the most important architectural prizes in the UK.
The NSW government has celebrated the successful transferal of some 14,000 social housing tenancy management tenders to community housing providers.
The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation has announced more than $85 million in finance for social and affordable housing across NSW.
Australasian Housing Institution has announced the winners of its Professional Excellence in Housing Award for the state of Queensland.
Studies indicate spending time in nature brings physical, mental and social benefits.
Norwich, a city of over 200,000 people in the east of England, has set its sights on becoming the Passivhaus capital of the UK.
According to figures published this week the NSW government has over the past few years managed to build more public housing units than it has sold to raise revenue.
The 30% increase in the number of homeless people between the 2006 and 2016 censuses is likely to continue in the absence of evidence-based public housing policy.
A $7 billion urban renewal project in north London that was to be developed by Lendlease is now unlikely to proceed following fierce political opposition.
The news has been welcomed by many in the property industry, but it has also raised pertinent questions about just how replicable this model of public housing funding is.
The NSW government is pushing for 30 affordable housing units to be built along Newcastle’s former rail corridor, but has been accused of “steamrolling” Newcastle City Council into funding it and rezoning land. Planning minister Anthony Roberts was in Newcastle on Tuesday to announce the plan, which hinges on the council putting in $3 million […]
From AHURI: A new study on transfers of UK public housing estates to not-for-profit (NFP) housing providers over three decades gives a wealth of information about how similar transactions in Australia could maximise their potential long-term benefits and best support NFP housing sector growth. The UK property transfers created NFP housing providers that are dynamic […]
A group of investors is using self-managed super funds to develop a social housing project in Melbourne at Passive House standards and at cost parity with conventional social housing.
More than 200 energy efficient low-income and affordable homes are set to be built by not-for-profit community housing provider SGCH under an Australian-first agreement reached with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.