In this podcast, @michellegrattan and the Greens spokesperson on housing and homelessness, @MChandlerMather, discuss the $10b housing fund, rent-freezes, and net migration
We can do better than a grand-sounding big-bucks fund.
Ethiopia’s mass housing project has built and transferred half-a-million houses in two decades – but it’s damaging the social fabric of communities.
Most of our 10.8 million existing homes are in need of a retrofit to improve their performance and cut household energy use and emissions. The $1.6 billion for energy upgrades covers 170,000 homes.
There are no ‘silver bullet’ solutions to a crisis that has left both renters and owners struggling. Only a comprehensive package of bold policies can ensure all Australians are securely housed.
Broad definitions mean almost anything can be classed as antisocial behaviour.
Rent assistance can ease rental stress, but it won’t help low-income earners find secure and affordable housing when it’s in such short supply, nor stop disadvantage being concentrated in some areas.
Brisbane rents are up nearly 50% more than the national average and homelessness in Queensland is increasing at the fastest rate in the country. The state can take several steps to turn things around.
Why are some of the problems with housing stress and homelessness worse in New South Wales than in other states?
Three bills to go before parliament confirm the Albanese government is restoring the Commonwealth to a leadership role on housing issues. But there are still gaps in its approach.
The number of homes with serious hazards has been nearly halved, but improvements have slowed and may be in reverse.
Build-to-rent developments have been touted as a way to deliver affordable housing on a large scale. But, to date, the sector has not been focused on housing for people on lower incomes.
The main driver of homelessness in Australia is housing costs – post-COVID rents, house prices and interest rates are all much higher. To house everyone, the housing system needs a major overhaul.
Tenants in social housing and the private rental market alike face discrimination and a lack of disrepair regulation.
A serious disability is one of the most common reasons people apply for social housing. The long wait for a suitable home just adds to the daily challenges they face.
Critics of Jim Chalmers’ plan to use superannuation to pay for social housing say super holdings belong to members. But social housing is a reliable investment and benefits everyone.
Sustainable urban development experts increasingly point to cohousing as a solution to the housing crisis. If governments are on board, it can work.
Targets of 50,000 new homes for rent at below-market rates and 1 million homes to improve affordability in general are positive steps, but the budget neglects the need to reform an ailing system.
While the Productivity Commission’s critique of the national housing agreement is justified, its faith in the market is not. The Albanese government is right to invest in building social housing.
A new Australian documentary gives voice to the women in urgent need of policy action on housing insecurity and homelessness.