Social housing is not a bloody-minded numbers game

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.

Government’s HomeBuilder handout doesn’t come cheap

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.

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.

Wales adopts super-insulated, timber design for social housing

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.

NSW is overselling its social housing commitment

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.

NSW government pushes Newcastle council to fund affordable housing

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 […]

Study of UK public housing transfers to guide successful Australian transfers

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 […]

Community housing gets an efficiency boost with CEFC finance

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.