To meet the needs of lower-income households, housing should be both affordable and located near public transport and other services.
Victoria has been lagging behind other states in developing an affordable housing strategy. Now that one has been released, how well does it meet the needs of households on lower incomes?
New South Wales is the state that has suffered the biggest fall in available public housing stock since 2009. This has led to protests.
Although the federal-state agreement does it inadequately and lacks transparency, an enduring program of federal funding for operational expenses is essential to sustain the social housing system.
To understand how households cope, we may need to look beneath broad patterns of affordability to the interplay of housing costs with other problems.
Housing affordability is often not the only problem households face. More often the compounding effects of multiple problems leave people unable to cope, which is why one solution won't work for all.
The housing affordability crisis isn’t limited to the big cities – the Tweed Heads area, for instance, is rated worse than Melbourne in the latest survey.
The affordability crisis in regional Australia has a long history. In some places the problem is even worse for residents than in the capital cities.
In the unregulated Australian rental housing market, rental leases are almost always short term.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
With 700,000 vulnerable Australians depending on public housing, any proposal to change its status is likely to set off alarm bells.
The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.
The historical, social and moral reasons for retaining the Sirius Building for public housing are compelling, but the state government is focused on the money from its sale.
The state is ignoring historical, social and moral reasons to keep public housing in Heritage areas of Sydney. Its sell-off will further divide the city between rich and poor and end a rich history.
Woody Guthrie’s tenancy in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex coincided with a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease.
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'Trump made a tramp out of me,' Guthrie lamented, denouncing his landlord who barred black families and pocketed federal funds.
The rear of 30-32 Oxford Street, an area of Sydney affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.
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New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
Nne-star-rated ‘Catalyst’ houses built to maximise passive solar principles were evaluated against seven control houses built to DHHS standards.
Emerging research challenges the idea that sustainable housing is unaffordable. It shows sustainability and good design can be affordable when analyses include social, health and wellbeing benefits.
The Queensland government’s interpretation of public housing transfers conflicts with that of Labor colleagues federally and in some other states.
Given its flagship status, the Logan public housing project’s abandonment could be a serious setback for Australian housing and urban policy.
When public housing like the properties in Sydney’s Millers Point is privatised, it profoundly changes the social mix of the inner city to something much more homogenous.
The NSW government agenda would deny the 'right to the city', that network of diverse communities, practices and places which give rise to the convivial and inclusive potential of cities.
The housing problems experienced by low-income households are a symptom of entrenched inequality within Australia.
Government policy has not, on the whole, failed. It has been a huge success insofar as protecting the opportunities for speculative investment and profit for homeowners and private landlords.
Demand for housing in South Africa continues to outstrip supply despite the government having made more than three million houses to poor households.
The dismally slow provision of housing in South Africa is such that more than 2.2 million households live in 2700 informal settlements. Waiting is the norm and can take years, even decades.
A defence of La Défense, and other towering architecture across the globe.
More than 84% of households in Berlin rent their home.
Many of the reasons housing is more affordable outside Australia stem from government intervention.
Who will speak up for private renters?
Cameron's pledge may help some in social housing, but it offers no hope for everyone else who's locked out of the market.
New homes like this one in Sydney’s south-west would be within reach for more first-time buyers in New South Wales if the state government supported shared home buying schemes.
New South Wales is Australia's most populous state, with the most expensive capital city – yet it's done less than many other states to develop cost-effective options for aspiring home owners.
Mixed-income developments replace Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes: Old Town Village West townhouses rise in front of the last remaining towers (since demolished) in this 2009 photograph.
For decades, public housing stood as the most architecturally visible and politically stigmatized reminder of urban poverty in many American cities. Originally built to accommodate an upwardly mobile segment…
Two issues papers give a recipe to reforming federalism, if we care to follow it.
Australia’s Reform of the Federation taskforce has released two major issues papers on the scrambled roles and responsibilities of governments in the areas of housing and homelessness, and health. The…