Dr Jim O'Connell and therapy dog Maestro spend some time with a client at the medical respite centre in Boston.
Courtesy of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Life on the street is no place to recover from a stay in hospital, but that's what happens to many people who are homeless. But there's a proven model to provide care that also cuts healthcare costs.
Damp and draughty is not how homes should be.
Excess winter deaths could be tackled by improving housing.
Airbnb’s likely impacts on people and their responses to it are related to their status as property owners, investors, prospective buyers or tenants.
Short-term letting via digital platforms benefits some in the market at the expense of others. Closer regulation might be needed in Melbourne and Sydney, where a permissive approach prevails.
More than 25% of Hurstville residents were born in China, but the Sydney suburb is the exception to the rule.
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This is the first article in our series, Australian Cities in the Asian Century, which looks at the impact of the rise of China and Chinese migration on our cities.
Super and the pension treat most retirees well, but not renters.
If you rent, you are highly likely to live in poverty in retirement. If you own your own home the pension and super will probably be enough for you.
There's so much that can be done to tackle the problem, The UK's levels of homelessness are dwarfed by the US' But so much more could be done to tackle the problem.
People should be able to feel at home regardless of whether they own the place they live in.
Renting a house shouldn't mean it's not home. Until we change our meaning of home by separating it from ownership, we will never be able to "fix" Australia’s housing crisis.
Australian cities need to sustain higher levels of construction and to provide higher-density developments to ensure growing populations have access to affordable housing.
Governments should stop offering false hopes and pandering to NIMBY pressures. As well as increased public and private housing supply, growing cities need well-designed higher-density development.
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For a nation in the grips of a housing crisis, you'd expect high-rise developments to be good news – unfortunately not.
Flooding due to climate change may make coastal homes less valuable.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Coastal real estate prices appear to be taking a hit, but mostly in neighborhoods with more climate change believers.
Air could come rushing out of the housing market all at once.
The Reserve Bank is worried that a further tightening of lending standards could take the air out of the housing bubble quickly. Here's how.
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Record numbers of families rent privately in England. But the law has not kept a fair balance between landlord and tenant rights.
Fewer than than 5% of renters are unhappy with their landlord, but rent can be expensive.
Most renters are happy with their landlords and happy with the quality of their accommodation, but they would like better security of tenure and cheaper rent.
Sensible design can dramatically reduce waste of a renovation.
Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash
Renovations can create more waste than new constructions – but they don't have to.
The Melbourne Apartments Project developed by the Barnett Foundation offered 28 units to households living within 4km of the site and willing to leave their social housing.
Shared equity models have a dual benefit of making home ownership affordable for people on modest incomes and freeing up scarce social housing for other households in need.
Uncapped rent increases and ‘no grounds’ evictions leave older women particularly at risk of substandard housing conditions or even homelessness.
Proposed changes to NSW rental tenancy law are an improvement, but do not end the excessive rent increases and "no grounds" evictions that put renters – and older women in particular – at risk.
The right of landlords to terminate a lease with no grounds is the most serious deficiency in residential tenancy laws in New South Wales.
Residential tenancy reforms are before the NSW parliament, but a key reform is missing. In this open letter, housing academics call for an end to landlords' power to terminate leases with 'no grounds'.
As the dream of home ownership eludes more and more older Australians, this has big implications for retirement, pensions and government spending on rental assistance.
Until now most people have eventually owned a home. But two trends – falling ownership and a growing aged population – will put the budgets of retirees and government under real pressure.
A model city?
Brasília was designed to be a just and inclusive city, but it still failed. Can Egypt's new capital avoid the same mistakes?
Caggara House in Brisbane caters for low-income residents aged 55 and over who previously lived alone in state-owned houses that were too big for their needs.
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.