Affordable housing projects across Australia stifled by patchwork funding: AHURI

Affordable housing across Australia could be rolled out much quicker and on a larger scale if organisations weren’t reliant on a hodgepodge of various limited funding opportunities, new research shows.

An analysis of six recently-completed affordable housing projects by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) revealed developments are being driven by “patched together” funding methods rather than being based on actual housing needs.

“There’s a subsidy gap, but no one [in government] really wants to talk about that,” said report co-author Professor Bill Randolph, director of the University of New South Wales’ City Futures Research Centre.

“One of the things that was obvious from the six projects was the way each of them was a bespoke effort, patched together with money from all sorts of funding areas,” he added.

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