housing affordability

The latest DHHS rent report shows that Melbourne’s rental affordability is the worst on record, with just 5.7% of all rentals in Melbourne affordable to someone on a low income. Put simply, 1-in-20 rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone on a low income compared to five years ago when 1-in-5 […]

Melbourne rental affordability worst on record

A new report stemming from the Royal Commission into Family Violence has found that Victoria needs to add 1,700 new social housing dwellings per year for the next 20 years if it is to maintain current social housing levels. Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence underlined the experience of our […]

Victoria must add 1,700 new social housing dwellings per year ...

With the federal budget due for release on 9 May, and rumours swirling of a housing bond aggregator as its centrepiece, now seems like the right time to ask; what is a housing bond aggregator and, importantly, will it help make housing more affordable?   What is a housing bond […]

What is a bond aggregator and will it make housing ...

The Treasurer’s highly-anticipated speech on housing affordability has succeeded in articulating the depth and breadth of Australia’s affordability crisis but failed to provide a comprehensive policy response. It is a positive development that the Federal Government recognises that housing affordability, for both buyers and renters, is bad and getting worse. […]

Treasurer fails to address real issues behind housing affordability crisis

The following blog was prepared in response to an article in the Herald Sun suggesting that homelessness can be solved by building a Government-owned and operated boarding house.  Warehousing the homeless is not the answer We have made great effort to move away from the old-school model of large-scale homeless shelters. We know […]

Warehousing the homeless is not the answer

With homelessness increasing and becoming more visible, a groundswell of concern from the across the community has prompted many to develop ideas to fix the problem. These creative ideas are born of good intentions, but many miss the mark. Suggestions include converting disused office spaces and factories into temporary accommodation, […]

The best of intentions, but not always the best ideas

  Although we’ve thankfully moved beyond using the words ‘hobo’ and ‘dero’, we’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to the language around homelessness. The media has a significant influence on both the way that the public perceives homelessness, and people who are experiencing homelessness.  In recent […]

Language is important when we talk about homelessness

The Federal Government is threatening to cut the energy supplement from Centrelink allowances, as the  it looks for ways to save money in the next budget. For someone on a Newstart benefit, this equates to a $4.40 week cut. For people already on the knife edge of homelessness, a $4.40 cut […]

Cutting energy allowance will push 76,000 Australians to the brink ...

The final report of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, and the Andrews’ Government’s commitment to implement all 227 recommendations represents a game changer for responses to family violence in Victoria. As such it has been well received by the homelessness and family violence sectors. Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) […]

Why we need more supply – or why the odds ...

The Big West Festival is a biannual festival celebrating life in Footscray in Melbourne’s west. When artistic director Marcia Ferguson started consultations for the 2015 festival, the overwhelming concerns coming from artists and residents were around housing and the impact that rising prices are having on communities in the area. […]

Concerns over housing affordability inspire 2015 The Big West Festival