Politicians like Malcolm Turnbull try to target middle class Australians.
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Residents may be right to fear for their lives.
Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has confirmed investments in affordable housing will be backed by a government guarantee.
The Australian government has at last taken the lead in affordable housing policy with a package of measures that should attract institutional investors hungry for low-risk returns.
Only the national government can solve the housing crisis – but local authorities can make a big difference in their communities.
While people in WA might be spending less, there remains segments of the population that are vulnerable to intense cost of living pressures.
Households in NSW spend the most and WA households the least in Australia, but there are segments of WA who are feeling the bite more acutely in cost of living.
A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property. Canada’s newly announced housing strategy contains scant measures to help first-time buyers in pricey markets.
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Canada's National Housing Strategy leaves a large segment of the population that must find a way to afford housing in the private market. More initiatives are needed to help first-time home buyers.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
A homeless man sleeping rough in the city. More and more older people will be homeless on current trends.
The rising number of older Australians is exposing the shortage of housing options and services to meet their needs, putting them at increasing risk of homelessness.
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Australia got in first with restrictions on foreign investors in housing, but Jacinda Arden’s new government plans to go further.
Concerns about foreign investors driving up housing prices have been growing. Australia was first to bar foreign purchases of existing residential property, but New Zealand is set to go further.
Middle-class homeowners need credits, not deductions.
Rather than tinkering with the deduction, Republicans should get rid of it altogether and replace it with something that would actually help more Americans afford a home.
The Ballarat Road project in Maidstone and Footscray, Melbourne, will transform vacant land into housing for people at risk of homelessness.
An innovative collaboration between government, a non-profit group and philanthropists has found a way to provide urgently needed housing on land that would otherwise be left vacant for years.
For many Americans, there is no such thing as affordable housing in today’s real estate market.
Slashing government spending on housing and scrapping a key financing option for new units would make it harder than ever for low-income Americans to keep a roof over their heads.
PAH activists occupy a bank office in Barcelona in July 2013.
We rarely see residents of a city successfully push back in defence of their needs against the power of finance capital, which seeks to make money from the city. But Barcelona shows it can be done.
Without medium-density housing being built in the established suburbs – the ‘missing middle’ – the goals of more compact, sustainable and equitable cities won’t be achieved.
Residents of established middle suburbs are slowly coming round to the idea, but governments and the property sector lack the capacity to deliver compact cities that are acceptable to the community.
South Africa needs to review its approach to rolling out Bus Rapid Transit systems as the current model is proving to be too expensive and unsustainable.
Cash-strapped Hartford is one of a number American cities that have missed out on the nation’s urban renaissance.
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In the country's wealthiest cities, gentrification is a dirty word. But it's all relative – just ask Hartford and Columbus.
The Living Space development in Cockburn, Western Australia, has won praise as an innovative mixed-use social housing project.
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The states that are delivering more affordable housing have sophisticated, multi-pronged strategies to serve the full range of needs.
Build, build, build.
Council housing in England has not been built on any kind of scale since the late 1970s.
Theresa May wants to rapidly increase the supply of affordable homes, but will have to tread carefully on Britain's talismanic property wealth.