Sydney seeks input to solve housing crisis

The City of Sydney is calling for public input to help diffuse the city’s growing housing affordability crises, with a particular focus on developing new models to increase supply.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced the Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge, and is calling on all those with an interest in the housing sector including property professionals, financiers, lawyers, community organisers, policy managers, planners, designers and students.

"Sydney is grappling with a housing affordability crisis. We need a diversity of housing to support diversity in our community," Lord Mayor Moore said.

"While this is a proven mechanism, it's simply not enough. We need to meet the needs of low-income workers, elderly residents and families in our city.

"That's why the Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge is looking for new ideas - from creative tenancy arrangements like shared or co-operative living, to new funding and delivery models or previously unexplored ways of developing small sites."

Entries must:

  • demonstrate innovation in at least two of these areas: planning, design, ownership type, tenancy type, management (including sharing of facilities), construction, urban land supply and financing

  • result in cheaper housing or meet the City's definition of affordable housing

  • be financially viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable

  • be liveable for residents

  • be scalable and replicable

More details for challenge entrants can be found here

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