Last week, the High Court ruled the community of Santa Teresa could be compensated for the “distress and disappointment” caused by their poor housing. So how can such housing be better managed?
New research shows discrimination against Aboriginal Victorians in the private rental housing market is systemic, but there are solutions.
View of Kalka.
Climate change is a key risk for remote Indigenous communities in Australia. How can housing in remote and regional areas be improved to withstand extreme weather conditions for these communities?
A woman uses her feet to pull herself along in a wheelchair among cherry blossoms at a homeless camp at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver in April 2020 that was recently evaculated due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has exposed and fed upon other societal issues in true ‘syndemic’ fashion.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
When two or more epidemics co-exist and compound one another to worsen health, they are said to be syndemic. COVID-19 is feeding on other crises and diseases.
A housing crisis combined with inadequate access to health care in many communities makes Canada’s North vulnerable to COVID-19.
Despite chronic housing need and persistent health and infrastructural inequities, northern communities are turning to the land and each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Nangala, an Alyawarr woman from Tennant Creek, with her granddaughter, beside her temporary housing.
Photo by Trisha Narurla Frank, provided with permission
Reducing crowding and repairing social housing can decrease the risk of COVID-19 in remote Indigenous communities. It will bring other long-term benefits, too.
This child and her mother found refuge at a women’s shelter, but many are unable to find the secure housing they need to escape family violence.
Indigenous children are admitted to out-of-home care at 11 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. The lack of safe housing for mothers fleeing family violence is a key factor.
Doing it locally: workers in the Gumatj timber workshop, Gunyangara.
Centralised policies are not meeting the needs of remote Indigenous settlements. Increasing their decision-making input and the role of local industry can overcome the challenges of building remotely.
There’s never been enough funding to ensure affordable housing for those who need it.
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.
The return of the historic problem of overcrowded dwellings points to a need in Australia for better understanding of the causes and regulatory responses.
Jacob Riis (1889)
The standards we use today were designed to help avoid the overcrowded housing that blighted cities in the past. But severe overcrowding is again on the rise, so what needs to be done?
A house at Little Paradise on Groote Eylandt, East Arnhem Land.
To deliver better housing for health, we must go back to what we know works, to the proven evidence-based solutions for design, construction, delivery and maintenance.