Affordable housing industry has capacity, lacks Government certainty: Hal Pawson

New research from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) finds that, alongside the growing shortage of affordable housing, the country’s largest non-government affordable housing providers have substantial under-used capacity. Making more effective use of this resource calls for concerted and purposeful action from both levels of government to support the industry in playing a fully effective part in the expansion of affordable housing supply recently pledged by Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison.

 The research, ‘Developing the scale and capacity of Australia’s affordable housing industry’, commissioned by AHURI and led by the University of New South Wales, highlights the role of affordable housing providers as players within a wider system. Importantly, this system extends beyond the organisations directly responsible for providing secure low-cost housing (mainly not-for-profit community housing providers) to include supporting entities and institutions such as service delivery partners, lenders, peak bodies and government policy-makers, program managers and regulators.