Despite some very strange advice from the Treasurer in recent weeks, it's clear to most that Australia is suffering from an acute housing affordability problem. It isn't an easy problem to solve and so the Transforming Housing Project @trnsfmnghousing, at the University of Melbourne is looking at it from all angles.
Transforming housing is four year ‘action research’ project (2014-18) to create industry partnerships that can enable piloting and evaluating innovative policies and programs to expand the amount and quality of affordable housing in Australia. The current research focus is on in Melbourne, which is projected to become Australia’s largest city by 2050 (ABS, 2014). By affordable housing, we mean housing whose rent or mortgage payment does not exceed 30% of gross household income, with an emphasis on low and moderate income households. By quality of affordable housing, we mean quality in terms of location(affordable housing located near public transport or walking/cycling access to jobs and services such as education and healthcare), diversity (a range of unit sizes, from studio to 3+ bedroom, so that communities are mixed in terms of household composition and people can age in place), and design (good light, storage, community space, access to proximate green space, etc.).
To read more on the projects outputs and results visit the Transforming Housing Website
Posted by Sarah Toohey