Most new houses being built in Australia do no better than comply with the minimum energy performance required by regulations.
Australia requires a minimum six-star energy rating for new housing. New homes average just 6.2 stars, so builders are doing the bare minimum to comply, even as the costs of this approach are rising.
A rally for affordable housing in Vancouver, Canada.
From Berlin to New York, citizens from around the world have shown that it is possible to get governments to make affordable housing a priority.
Older private renters are far more likely to experience loneliness than their counterparts in social housing and that loneliness can be acute.
‘People felt totally trapped’: what it’s like to be a pensioner renting privately as Australia’s housing costs soar.
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On today's episode, Alan Morris shares some of the deeply moving stories he heard when he set out to interview older Australians in private rental accommodation and social housing about loneliness.
The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government.
The brutal killing of a young homeless woman has led to calls for more crisis accommodation. This is a short-term fix. We have to move beyond crisis management to sustained housing for people at risk.
The dangers of outdoor air pollution are now well known, but those related to the air we breathe at homes and at work are much less so, according to an international study.
Policies focused on ownership do little to help lower-income households that are struggling to pay the rent.
The policy focus remains on home ownership, but a new survey shows slight improvements in affordability do little to help people on low incomes. Their plight calls for better social housing policy.
A survey of food bank users found nearly 60% couldn't afford to adequately heat their homes.
Scott Morrison talked about first home buyers during the election campaign, but had little to say about social housing.
The Morrison government, having added a housing minister to its ranks, needs to recognise housing as having more than just economic value. Its impact on our ability to give and receive care is critical.
Social housing providers can help people get into work, with tailored, long-term support.
Millennials are less likely to own a home than previous generations were at the same age.
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As millennials flock to certain parts of the US, home prices in those areas are surging.
Real estate agents don’t decide rents, landlords do.
The real estate industry acts in its own interests, not those of the tenants it scares.
One set of policies acknowledges reality.
You can't help first home buyers without making other buyers worse off.
The money will help, but there’s no guarantee things will turn out well.
Topping up deposits by as much as 15 percentage points will help, but housing isn't risk-free.
The aftermath of a huge fire in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town, in 2017. Rebuilding has stalled.
Rebuilding informal settlements after a disaster must be done through learning from those who live in the settlements.
This shed has been illegally converted into housing. Two prams and three mattresses are visible.
Informal Accommodation and Vulnerable Households, author provided courtesy of Fairfield City Council
With Australian city rents too high for low-income earners, increasing numbers are forced to share houses or rooms or to live in options like 'beds in sheds' and other illegal dwellings.
A racial wealth gap is persisting after centuries enslavement and systemic discrimination.
Thanks to demographic and political changes, Democratic contenders are addressing this issue for the first time.
No place like home.
Housing laws in England can still leave tenants without proper protection, but the latest reforms offer hope for the future.
A little help goes a long way in a new home.
Landlords could have a big impact on public health, if they help their tenants to feel at home.
The numbers of buyers able to celebrate moving into their first home are still well down on pre-GFC levels – and low-income renters are faring even worse.
Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.
Tiny houses on display in Portland, Oregon in 2017.
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Research shows that moving from a larger dwelling to a tiny home can change behavior in surprising ways.