ACT Shelter launches AHURI research in Homelessness Week

In 2020, ACT Shelter - with financial support from 12 of our members – commissioned the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) to undertake a multi-stage research inquiry into the social and economic impact of homelessness and after housing poverty/rental stress in the ACT.

The stage 1 report quantifies expressed demand/unmet need for social and affordable rental homes in the ACT, compares investment options available to Government and others to meet that need and summarises what existing evidence suggests are the key economic and social benefits of infrastructure investment in affordable, appropriate safe and secure homes by Government.

The second report uses government published and survey data to compare the amount of $ government spends on accommodating and treating people in high-cost institutional settings and temporary accommodation (per night & year), with the input and recurrent costs of building and maintaining homes for people to end their homelessness and lift them out of housing crisis.

We commissioned the research because we wanted to get local evidence to inform future budget bids by ACT Shelter and other orgs and to demonstrate the very serious economic and social costs to people and the Territory collectively, of adopted a 'business as usual' approach that rations social housing and hopes the market will provide for everyone else.

WHAT: Launch of findings from a Scoping Report on the Costs and Benefits of Delivering More Affordable and Social Housing in the ACT and the Return on Investment

WHEN: Thursday 5 August, 12pm – 2pm

WHERE: Pavilion Hotel, 242 Northbourne Avenue or Online via Zoom (link to be provided on registration)

Register to join online or in person:

Copies of both reports will be distributed in advance of the event and available on the day or on request from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download Scoping the costs and benefits of affordable housing in the ACT: Stage 1 report

Download Return on investment for social housing in the ACT Stage 2 report

Download Executive Summary Return on investment for social housing in the ACT Stage 2 report

Watch Solutions to the Capital's Housing Problem | A Homelessness Week Event

Download slides from AHURI's Return on investment for social housing in the ACT presentation

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