Understanding the experiences of van dwellers is important not just for those looking to cut their ties to rents and mortgages, but also for community planners and employers.
Homes are now not only places to live, but also pensions, savings accounts and social care plans.
Australia's renters have been given a six-month moratorium from evictions for not paying rent. Some states and territories are offering other assistance.
Millions of Australians are struggling with unaffordable housing. It’s a systemic problem that’s been decades in the making, and only concerted system-wide reforms will fix it.
Renting can be more restrictive than you might think.
Two-thirds of tenants in Australia rent through an agent, so making a good impression on the agent matters. Certain characteristics count in tenants' favour, but some factors are beyond their control.
The number of older renters is growing – and much less is known about their experiences in the expensive and insecure private rented sector.
Once rent is paid, having to live on only $14 a day doesn't cover the costs of job seeking. The evidence of the need to increase Newstart and Rent Allowance is overwhelming.
Data show that low turn-out also happens in seats with a high proportion of Indigenous people, and seats with a high proportion of renters.
While politicians ignore calls to raise Newstart, alarming levels of financial stress among private renters, particularly in low-rent outer suburbs, show why current welfare payments are too low.
A survey of food bank users found nearly 60% couldn't afford to adequately heat their homes.
Landlords could have a big impact on public health, if they help their tenants to feel at home.
The right to rent scheme has been found by the high court to breach human rights. What's more, it doesn't work, and can prevent society's most vulnerable from finding a home.
Housing policy needs to prioritise housing's function as a home, rather than an asset.
Working-class residents of Waterloo have a history of resisting threats to their community. Many tenants see the redevelopment of public housing as state-led gentrification to squeeze them out.
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.
Record numbers of families rent privately in England. But the law has not kept a fair balance between landlord and tenant rights.
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.
Even though house prices have risen substantially over recent decades, housing affordability for those with mortgages or own their houses outright hasn't worsened
There is a risk that affordable housing policy may be colonised by for-profit interests if Australia imports the wrong rental housing ideas from overseas.