The local housing crisis is among the key issues addressed in a Noosa Council report that details its achievements, initiatives and projects from the past 12 months.
Acting CEO Larry Senstock compiled the 28-page Year in Review, which was tabled at last week’s General Committee Meeting. It focused on council’s record $43 million capital works program, new corporate plan and housing strategy.
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As the housing crisis persists and home ownership slips beyond the reach of many Australians, a new model of housing known as build-to-rent is increasingly being touted as part of the solution.
It may be coming to your neighbourhood soon — there are already more than 60 build-to-rent projects either planned or in construction across the country, delivering almost 20,000 new dwellings, according to Ernst & Young.
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Australian cities would boost their stock of affordable housing and make better use of density bonuses offered by governments if inclusionary zoning requirements were brought in slowly and increased over time, new modelling by NSW provider St George Community Housing shows.
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Mental health plummets and rates of suicide steadily increase in the midst of the housing crisis, studies show.
With soaring rents, more frequent evictions and displacements, greater numbers of people experiencing homelessness, and growing housing instability across the board, it’s not surprising that mental health has taken a hit.
In July this year, Everybody’s Home, a national housing campaign, released the Brutal Reality report, based on surveys of almost 750 people.
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The Australian retirement system is based on the presumption that the vast majority of people would own their homes. However, due to falling home ownership rates and people carrying mortgage debt well into their retirement years, that assumption is failing.
A report by the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute (AHURI) estimates that 440,000 older households will be unable to find or afford suitable housing by 2031.
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A short plane ride from here, a city once crushed beneath the weight of skyrocketing rents and eye-watering property prices has found a solution to the type of housing crisis plaguing Australia’s major cities.
While bold and quite controversial, the fix was relatively simple, quickly implemented and highly effective, dramatically boosting housing supply in a short period of time.
As a result, rental prices came down and runaway home price growth stabilised. It’s the kind of scenario millions of Aussies would warmly welcome, given the dire state of housing across much of the country.
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Australia will become home to an Affordable Housing Register that will unlock the private sector to participate in affordable housing in an effort to solve the nation’s housing crisis.
Non-profit organisation Housing All Australians and digital property exchange platform will drive the register, which will bring together local government, the real estate industry, developers and private investors to create, invest in and manage affordable housing.
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Blue Door CEO says programs that prioritize and strategically pour resources into preventing homelessness come at a fraction of the cost.
As a preventive measure for our health, we are encouraged to visit our doctor for a yearly checkup. Similarly, we are encouraged to lock our doors and have proper lighting around our homes and vehicles to prevent crime.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when we look at the housing and homelessness sector. We’ve traditionally put all our resources into ‘reacting’ to homelessness once it has occurred rather than prioritizing and strategically pouring resources into preventing homelessness.
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Almost 200 apartments are set to be built across two prime inner-city locations, following the release of a series of innovative partnership opportunities by Renewal SA for Community Housing Providers (CHP) to deliver quality affordable housing for rent and purchase.
The new apartment projects – at Bowden and Prospect – will support CHPs to expand their affordable rental asset portfolios by partnering with government. The Community Housing sector plays a vital role as a non-profit housing provider to individuals and families on low and medium incomes.
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RESEARCH DATA: A graphic from a recent Prison Policy Initiative report that emphasizes the multiple crises that can be helped by expanding access to housing. The phrase, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” is often hurled at people who have criminal records.
But the “time” of a person’s punishment often extends beyond prison walls and follows a person home. People with criminal records who have paid their debt to society frequently have a hard time getting housing — which can make them less likely to stay out of prison, by perpetuating a revolving door of housing instability, poverty, addiction, arrest, imprisonment and release.
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