RENT PART OF THE SOLUTION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
context of Homelessness Week 2018, the Property Council has engaged with
industry bodies to help raise awareness of homelessness in WA and discuss
strategies to address to the growing problem in WA.
Week is an annual awareness-raising week to highlight the 116,000 Australians
who are homeless on any given night. In WA, that number sits around 9,000 and
over the past year WA’s specialist homelessness services are assisting over
24,000 people with significant over-representation of Aboriginal people (41%).
Council WA has made a commitment to help address the issue by joining an
alliance, #endhomelessnessWA whose objective is to end homelessness in WA over
the next 10 years.
month Property Council sat down with Shelter WA, in partnership with Master
Builders Association, at an Industry Roundtable to discuss strategies to
facilitate more affordable housing. Representatives at the meeting discussed
current barriers and opportunities that can be collectively progressed. Along
with other attendees, Property Council has committed to meet again to progress
key initiatives and to champion these to government.
the supply of affordable and alternative housing is a significant piece of the
puzzle. The introduction of a ‘Build-to-Rent’ housing model is a smart way of alleviating
pressure on both private and social rental sectors whilst providing a viable
solution to the housing affordability and supply equation across Australia.
Council is the leading industry championing Build-to-Rent and welcomes the introduction
of a Build-to-Rent model in NSW’s social and affordable housing program,
Communities Plus. This is a great example of how Build-to-rent can part of the
CEO of the
NSW Federation of Housing Associations Wendy Hayhurst said, “Mixing build to
rent, social housing and affordable housing together in a well-designed,
planned way is exactly what’s needed to create lively, sustainable and diverse