A Home For All
Every resident should have access to a home for life, regardless of their social status or their ability to pay
The Queensland Greens have a plan to end homelessness:
Restore Brisbane City Council’s important role as a provider of social housing
Deliver 10,000 new council-owned homes over the next 10 years
Require highrise property developers to hand over 15% of new apartments as public housing
Provide more crisis accommodation for people escaping domestic violence
Create thousands of stable jobs in the construction industry
When housing is treated as a for-profit commodity it becomes less affordable and homelessness increases
Census data suggests between 6000 and 10,000 people are currently experiencing homelessness in Brisbane
In the past, Brisbane City Council allocated both funding and property assets towards addressing homelessness, including helping set up the non-profit Brisbane Housing Company
Today, BCC zoning decisions support gentrification and urban consolidation that drives up property values and forces more people into homelessness
Brisbane City Council plays a major role in policy decisions and zoning laws affecting housing construction and affordability. As the manager of parks and public spaces, BCC also deals regularly with the practical impacts of a failed housing system.
Council zoning decisions have a dramatic impact on property values, housing affordability and homelessness. BCC policy exacerbates homelessness and housing insecurity, but the council is not doing enough to address this problem. In Brisbane, the estimated number of people experiencing homelessness has increased by 32% since 2011, leading to a wide range of negative social and economic impacts both for the individual and the wider community.
Right now, 120,000 Brisbane residents are facing housing stress – spending more than 30% of household income on housing expenses. While the rich get richer, it’s becoming tougher for young people to buy their first home, rents continue to skyrocket, and more people of all ages are struggling to find an affordable, secure home. The lack of affordable housing options is leading to a pronounced increase in homelessness rates among single older women in particular, and forces many women suffering domestic violence to remain in abusive household environments.
The Greens will ensure Brisbane has a housing system that puts people before profit. We will invest in a vibrant social and community housing sector for Brisbane by creating 1000 well-designed non-profit dwellings per year. Brisbane City Council will build or purchase up to 750 new homes annually as public housing, at a cost of $272 million per year.
We will also require developers of major residential projects (any multiple dwellings development with 10 or more separate dwellings) to contribute by transferring 15% of new apartments (rounded down) to Brisbane City Council ownership (approx 250 dwellings per year). The transfer of properties to Council will be made a condition of development approval.
We will also provide an additional $10 million a year in support services for those moving into social and community dwellings.
Our plan will cost $282 million per year in total and deliver comprehensive city-wide benefits to women and children affected by domestic violence, families struggling with housing affordability, young people and people on low incomes
Administration and management will be shared by the Brisbane City Council and NGOs working within the field.
New dwellings will provide a mix of permanent, temporary and crisis accommodation.
New dwellings will be well-designed and sensibly located, in keeping with the character of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Social and community housing is available for application universally, but at-risk demographics including young people, low-income residents, people impacted by domestic violence and First Nations peoples will be prioritised.
Housing will also be available to non-Australian citizens from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and to refugees at risk of homelessness
How much will this cost?
The total cost of this initiative is $282 million per year. $272 million will go towards housing construction and $10 million will go towards housing support services. We anticipate that rental revenue from the new public housing will adequately cover maintenance and management costs. Please see details below.
Total Annual Cost $272,729,930
Total new public houses annually 1014
$21,360,000 would go towards construction of houses using properties gained by subdivision allocation
$251,369,930 would go towards apartments being built and purchased.
Our proposal to increase developer infrastructure charges is expected to generate $305 million per year in revenue. Our proposed vacancy levy would generate a further $150 million per year. This revenue will comfortably cover our $282 million A Home For All plan with plenty of money to spare for creating new public green spaces, community facilities, and public and active transport improvements. In addition to this, we anticipate that rental revenue from the new public housing will adequately cover maintenance and management costs.
(more numbers can be found here)
If we make developers give away apartments, how is this profitable for them? Won’t they just stop building?
Developers currently make huge profits from high density development, and can easily afford to give away a small proportion of apartments. Because the inclusionary zoning requirement is applied universally on all major developments, there will not be a competitive disadvantage to any one developer, and the costs of providing apartments to council will be factored into project business models from the outset. If some developers decide building in Brisbane is unprofitable due to the burden of inclusionary zoning, this will place downward pressure on land values, which will in turn improve housing affordability, slow down the negative impacts of gentrification, and make other medium-density development projects more viable.