Transforming Housing: affordable housing for all

by Melbourne School of Design


A Global Compact member


Transforming Housing: Affordable Housing for All is an action-research project focused on influencing and supporting the transformation of the housing policy and delivery environment in Greater Melbourne, Australia’s fastest growing city.

Project implemented: March 2013-ongoing

Project goal

To work with partners to improve policy, scale up innovative projects, build capacity and create a new generation of research

delivering on

why is this project important?

The partnership has delivered policy shift in Victoria and has documented and evaluated innovative projects. We plan to upscale to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Key steps to make it happen

1Policy Shift

We have worked with the state planning department to define affordable housing and create their first affordable housing plan

2Project Development

Working with Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation to fund model affordable housing

3Industry Capacity

We have developed a tool to evaluate land for well-located affordable housing

4Research Dissemination

Two postdoctoral fellows and a PhD student have written 12 industry articles, 50 interviews and 30 workshops

impact to date

over $2 billion
New funding and loans for social housing from state government, in part due to our advocacy

Interdisciplinary researchers from urban planning, economics, public health, geography working with state and local government, developers, non-profit housing and investors to develop and implement ideas for 5 years.

SDG 11 states: “Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing.” Transforming Housing aims to facilitate collaborations with industry, government and philanthropic organisations in order to improve affordable housing outcomes for very low to moderate income households. We advocate for housing that is affordable, well-located, diverse and well-designed.

The aim of the project is to generate partnerships based on mutual respect and co-learning that result in substantial and sustainable policy shift, as well as industry innovations, towards more and better affordable housing. The project team host frequent workshops to facilitate networking and co-learning opportunities for industry, government, NGOs and researchers. Transforming Housing also releases reports, papers and statements to inform and evaluate innovative affordable housing projects, financing arrangements and government policy.

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