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In raising rents from social to affordable for council tenants, the cost burden for tackling the housing crisis effectively falls on those most in need. Goldstamp | Shutterstock

Affordable housing is a myth that worsens the housing crisis – but there is a fix

The government has long promoted the idea that we can build our way out of the housing crisis. Startling numbers of empty homes suggest the problem isn’t one of scarcity but affordability
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‘Die of cold or die of stress?’: Social housing is frequently colder than global health guidelines

One quarter of monitored social housing properties recorded winter temperatures below World Health Organisation standards for more than 80% of winter, new research shows.
Aboriginal housing policies should be developed and implemented in close consultation with individual Aboriginal communities. Getty Images

Aboriginal housing policies must be based on community needs — not what non-Indigenous people think they need

The recently announced $250 million NSW budget boost for housing for Aboriginal people, is much-needed. It’s critical this well-intentioned investment does not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Victorian homelessness inquiry chair Fiona Patten: ‘We need to be smarter about where we direct our efforts.’ James Ross/AAP

Homeless numbers set to rise again, but inquiry can be a turning point if we get smarter about housing people

JobKeeper, the COVID boost to JobSeeker, and moratoriums on rent increases and evictions all ended this month. Only smarter policies will prevent homelessness, as a landmark Victorian report explains.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective. James Ross/AAP

Is aggressive hotel isolation worth the cost to fight COVID-19? The answer depends on family size

The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne’s public housing towers.

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