Much of the innovation in providing social housing is coming from community housing providers around the country. And it's desperately needed given the state of housing inequality in Australia.
It is thought that it doesn't help much to cut official interest rates toward or beyond zero, and maybe it doesn't, but new research suggests the answer has a lot to do with the housing market.
People living with the change and uncertainty of this century need flexible and adaptable housing. Here we look at a couple of examples of what's possible.
House prices in London fell by 0.6% in June after years of high growth.
The Productivity Commission neglected the impact of housing costs. After allowing for these costs, the top 10% of households' average disposable income grew at 2.7 times the rate of the bottom 10%.
A national survey shows councils know much of the housing in their local areas isn't affordable. But providing affordable housing is not a priority because they see it as being beyond their means.
Urban policies are based on assumptions of a "normal household" and what buildings for it should look like. So this research project explored how people feel about children in high-density housing.
In Canberra you can build on land you don't own, and it's cheaper.
Administrative errors and negative stereotypes lead landlords to discriminate against people on housing benefit.
The right to housing is enshrined in law in the Netherlands and South Africa – so what would it look like in the UK?
As the number of older people is expected to double by 2050 in most countries, architects are exploring how existing housing stocks could be turned into affordable shared retirement homes.
More and more housing in city-centres is being bought or built for the short-term rental market.
Living together with separate homes can bring a new community spirit to your life.
New policies on social housing and rough sleeping offer little fresh thinking on how to solve Britain's housing shortage.
The rising cost of energy and housing can leave little money to put nutritious food on the table.
In a developed country like the UK, why can life expectancy within just a few miles differ by as much as 18 years?
Cuba is freeing up the market in residential private property but with a public referendum still to come, what impact will such measures have for ordinary Cubans.
Property prices have soared in the past decade, but much more modest increases in rent, with the exception of Sydney, suggest less of an imbalance of supply and demand for housing as a place to live.
Migrants have similar home ownership rates to the overall population and rely less on public housing. But housing supply shortfalls and higher prices have reduced ownership among recent migrants.
Another affordable housing pact between the Commonwealth, states and territories came into effect this month. But with no new funding, the agreement may be different from predecessors in name only.