Housing crisis solutions need an alternatives approach

Housing crisis solutions – people-powered not corporates

Housing crisis solutions need an alternatives approach which 1. address people’s needs 2. learns from Europe, UK and 3. is people-powered not exploitation by corporates.

Having met with all levels of Govt. I’m left wondering if anybody is listening to people-power giving the solutions to the housing crisis via the ABC, and ‘The Conversation’?

Please… we need to have a working party with all levels of government represented, with all interested NGOs and all interested citizens attending focus group forums.

We also need to engage business investment and people who will invest individually like Kyloring is doing and Boekel have done. But we can also utilise existing property as outlined below, and other places.

Govt. decision-makers please bring us all together before the ideas are ruined by corporates. Much more funding is needed for the likes of WA Cooperation Housing and other NGOs who are trying to enable individuals and small grassroots co-ops to create the alternative to the exploitative corporate real estate systems.

Since my return from there, I’ve been trying to get a government political party to pick this Pilot Project up and run with it and I am beside myself wondering what is stopping them?

Now is the time to Act! Simply bring together all interested parties along with WA Cooperation Housing, Co-op Members and other NGOs who are trying to enable individuals and small grassroots co-ops to create the alternative to the exploitative corporate real estate systems.

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We need politicians and new candidates standing for the next elections to walk the talk even if it is only a small project. The smallness of this project will enable it to get off the ground much quicker than the bigger communities. There will be more people willing to share their properties in an organised, safe, well-supported way – once we have the documented results and systematic processes of a Pilot Project and a well-resourced NGO in localities where Co-ops occur. This project could have a Co-op set up and current housing utilised with further development planning implemented prior to either 2025 election.

The small-scale can attract people who would love to do this without the protracted consensus decision-making process of larger groups or building projects. This project allows a younger generation to come into a house and deck it out how they would like as part of e.g., their buy-in process; bond; deposit or rent discount.

  • The aim is to set up a Co-op first, then select the lucky residents and co-create an agreement that reflects everyone’s needs.

We look forward to a discussion with some of you – interested to get a runner on the board and show the country of Australia that we can house our own people in resident-friendly, eco-friendly and sustainable ways.

In the past week, RN ABC news has had a few discussions which are giving voices to the Co-op residential people themselves; the academics and front-line services. We all have highlighted how Europe and UK have been successfully doing various models for most of the century.

Co-operative Housing can ease Housing Crisis

June 11, 2024 – less than 5 min to listen to

Amid a deepening housing crisis, some Australians have turned to co-operative living to help make ends meet …Co-operative housing can be more cost effective, while also providing a sense of community. Experts say it’s not as common in Australia as in many other similar nations, and it’s time for that to change.

Featured: Co-operative housing residents: – Melanie and Jo Waite, and Michael Fotheringham, managing director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 

Australia’s Gross Violation of Human Rights

Now we even have local governments doing what is depicted very clearly in this article in The Conversation on  9 June 2024

Following major floods or bushfires, one of the first responses is to provide temporary accommodation for those affected. For example, in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales hit by the catastrophic floods of 2022, prefabricated living pods were brought in and placed in clusters or villages where other services could be provided effectively.

some local councils are even limiting the opportunities that people in desperate housing situations have to improve their circumstances in ways that might seem unconventional.

We know more people are now living in vehicles – including cars, caravans and converted buses – or tents. But the places where it is possible to do so legitimately are not increasing and might even be decreasing.

Most councils have local laws that prohibit sleeping overnight in vehicles, or for anyone to sleep in a tent outside a licensed campsite. There may have been good reasons for these restrictions in the past, but many were drafted when we were not experiencing a severe housing crisis.

… some critics fear the commitment to long-term solutions and systemic change might be undermined if unconventional and short-term forms of accommodation – such as providing places to park a vehicle or pitch a tent safely, and have access to services and facilities – are supported.

But for people in acute housing stress, the prospect of waiting years for structural reform to improve their housing situation is not appealing and might be seen as a case of the best being the enemy of the good.

… some argue that, like giving money to people on the street, running soup kitchens from inner city churches or providing washing and laundry facilities for homeless people, we will only encourage people to make antisocial “lifestyle choices” if we support these unconventional emergency measures.

However, without short-term responses that acknowledge the contribution of unconventional temporary and mobile forms of living, the current crisis looks set to worsen and might have more far-reaching impacts for the legitimacy of our housing system.

However, without short-term responses that acknowledge the contribution of unconventional temporary and mobile forms of living, the current crisis looks set to worsen and might have more far-reaching impacts for the legitimacy of our housing system.

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Design your own Inside of Tiny house

Thankfully, ABC News report shows that one Victorian Council has humane people 🙂

In a bid to ease the housing shortage, a regional Victorian council will now allow residents to camp or park a caravan or tiny home on wheels on certain properties without a permit.

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Tiny home on Wheels – quality v quantity

Councillors from Mount Alexander Shire — which takes in towns including Castlemaine, Maldon and Harcourt — agreed to change the local law on the condition the property already had an existing dwelling.

No time limit has been placed on how long the extra home can stay there, however, Mayor Rosie Annear said it could not become a permanent dwelling.

“The decision came from the community telling us that this would help the housing crisis,” she explained.

What’s not addressed in the above good story is how legislation protects both parties.

Later, my phone feed gives  Sarah Brookes’ context article in WA Today – here’s some highlights.

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Perth has become denser with a desire to get more houses onto smaller parcels of land. CREDIT:HAMISH HASTIE

“…housing densities in Perth were “extraordinarily low” at 24 per cent apartments whereas in London, Singapore and Hong Kong, more than 80 per cent of homes were apartments or townhouses. “The uncomfortable reality for many is that we will have to get used to living in much smaller homes to achieve affordability,” Ray White spokeswoman said.

“You can’t create more land in desirable suburbs, but you can build more homes there if you build upwards …”

WA Greens MLC Brad Pettitt supported calls for WA’s auditor-general to investigate the financial burden of urban sprawl on the taxpayer. “Perth desperately needs an intervention,” he said.

“WA’s own State Infrastructure Strategy states that the cost of providing infrastructure to greenfield lots is two to four times more than infill development. “Perth has a massive footprint, the lowest level of tree canopy cover of any capital city and an unhealthy reliance on cars that has been driven by bad policy and property developers for decades. We need an intervention and we need it now.”

Give me a Tiny Home among the trees over this any day 🙂

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